Updated: 28-May-2002 NATO Publications

First edition
Moscow, 2001

Eng./Fr. /Rus.

NATO-Russia Glossary
of Contemporary Political and Military Terms


In the Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation, signed on 27 May 1997 at the highest political level in Paris, the Alliance and Russia have expressed their commitment to build together a lasting and inclusive peace in the Euro-Atlantic area based on the principles of democracy and cooperative security. The Founding Act marked the beginning of a fundamentally new relationship between NATO and Russia and it established with the Permanent Joint Council a unique framework for NATO-Russia consultation and cooperation. Since then, the Alliance and Russia have engaged in an intensive dialogue and cooperation on the broad scope of issues foreseen by the Founding Act. We have weathered crises, we have also disagreed - and, on some issues, we will continue to disagree. But we are building bridges of trust and confidence and we have made good progress in dispelling misperceptions about one another.
Against this background, we are confident that this NATO-Russia Glossary of Contemporary Political and Military Terms will make an important contribution to further enhance transparency and mutual understanding in the NATO-Russia relationship. The Glossary represents an unprecedented effort to compile a comprehensive set of over 1,100 entries, in Russian, English and French, covering the full range of terminology relevant to NATO-Russia consultation and cooperation. It will soon prove to be an indispensable tool for conferences, seminars and working groups and all other fora where NATO and Russia meet. The Glossary will, in particular, facilitate communication between NATO and Russian contingents working side by side in a good spirit of cooperation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (SFOR) and Kosovo (KFOR).
We commend the authors of the Glossary and experts of NATO and the Institute for Military History of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, for their valuable endeavour and we recommend the Glossary to a wide circle of readers.

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Signed in Brussels on 8 June 2001
Lord Robertson
NATO Secretary General
Sergey Ivanov
Minister of Defence
of the Russian Federation