7 Dec. 2001
issued on the Occasion of the Meeting
of the Permanent Joint Council
at the Level of Foreign Ministers
in Brussels on 7 December 2001
- Today we commit ourselves to forge a new relationship between NATO
Allies and Russia, enhancing our ability to work together in areas of
common interest and to stand up to new threats and risks to our security.
We reaffirm that a confident and cooperative partnership between the
Allies and Russia, based on shared democratic values and the shared
commitment to a stable, peaceful and undivided Europe, as enshrined
in the NATO-Russia Founding Act, is essential for stability and security
in the Euro-Atlantic area. We have decided to give new impetus and substance
to our partnership, with the goal of creating a new council bringing
together NATO member states and Russia to identify and pursue opportunities
for joint action at 20.
- We, the Ministers, will continue our dialogue on the process on which
we have embarked today. Regular working contacts will also be maintained
between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and
NATO. The NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council has also tasked its Ambassadors
to explore and develop, in the coming months, building on the Founding
Act, new, effective mechanisms for consultation, cooperation, joint
decision, and coordinated/joint action. We intend that such cooperative
mechanisms beyond the current format will be in place for, or prior
to, our meeting in Reykjavik in May 2002.
- We condemn terrorism in all its manifestations. We reiterate our
deepest sympathies to the victims, and their families, of the September
11 and other terrorist attacks. We fully support UN Security Council
Resolutions 1368 and 1373, and will spare no efforts in bringing to
justice the perpetrators, organisers and sponsors of such acts and in
defeating the scourge of terrorism.
- We are reminded by these tragic events that NATO and Russia face
common threats that demand comprehensive, co-ordinated responses. We
are encouraged by the strong spirit of partnership and co-operation
that has evolved in the NATO-Russia relationship. We are intensifying
our cooperation in the struggle against terrorism and in other areas,
including crisis management, non-proliferation, arms control and confidence
building measures, theatre missile defence, search and rescue at sea,
military-to-military cooperation and civil emergencies, which represents
a major step towards a qualitatively new relationship.