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Updated: 30-Jul-2010 IMS News Release

24 July 2010

NATO and Russia discuss ways to deepen military-to-military cooperation in Moscow

Joint press point with the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Giampaolo di Paola and the Chief of the General Staff and First Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation, General Nikolay Makarov.
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Moscow, 24 July 2010 - Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, met in Moscow with the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Federation Armed Forces, Army General Nikolay Makarov and his staff. The two day visit, on invitation of the Russian Federation, was mainly focused on discussing the implementation of NATO-Russia military-to-military cooperation in the framework of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC).

The NATO delegation was given the honor to perform a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Alexander Garden, and also received an official welcome by the Russian hosts during an honor guard ceremony on Poklonnaya Gora.

During the meeting at the Ministry of Defence, Army General Makarov and the Chairman of the Military Committee discussed the achievements of the NRC Military Work Plan for 2010 in the areas of logistics, combating terrorism, search and rescue at sea and counter piracy.

Following, the two military officials focussed on the development of the NRC Military Work Plan for 2011, including several potential areas where the military cooperation can be deepened through concrete activities, such as improved cooperation in Afghanistan and counter-IED. The Delegation then visited the 5th Independent Tamanskaya Motorized Rifle Brigade at Alabino village, a recently modernised infantry unit.

During his lecture organised by the Centre for European Security, addressing an international audience, the Chairman stressed the increasing role of partnerships which will be reflected in the new NATO Strategic Concept, and the role that Russia could play as one of the most important strategic partners. “We take the cooperation and partnership with Russia very serious and NATO is fully committed to make this work. We have to move from the 20th Century mentality towards one adapted to the security challenges of the 21st Century”, said Admiral Di Paola.

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