NATO-Russia practical cooperation discussions in Moscow
Patrick Auroy, NATO's Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment, visited Moscow on 28 - 29 June 2012 to discuss practical cooperation between NATO and Russia. At the invitation of Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin, Mr Auroy attended the Zhukovsky International Forum - "Engineering Technologies". On the sidelines of the conference he co-chaired a round table on defence industrial cooperation with Alexander Fomin, Director of Russia's Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation in which many aspects of NATO-Russia practical cooperation were highlighted as excellent examples of where NATO-Russia joint action has added value.
He particularly referenced NRC projects on counter terrorism. For example the NRC Cooperative Airspace Initiative which is an NRC air monitoring and air traffic coordination system set up to guard against terrorism in the skies, and Russia and NATO's STANDEX project to develop technology to detect explosives in crowded places. Mr Auroy also held bilateral meetings with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and Deputy Minister of Defence Alexander Sukhorukov on taking NATO-Russia practical cooperation forwards. He also met with Oboronprom Directors to discuss the implementation of the NRC Helicopter Maintenance Trust Fund which is providing Afghanistan with training for helicopter technicians and much needed spare parts for the Afghan Air Force's Helicopter Fleet.
During his speech at the round table Mr Auroy said: NATO and Russia are not a threat to each other. NATO and Russia share common security interests and face common challenges. Challenges such as terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and piracy are only a few examples. The best way to meet these challenges is through the broadest possible international cooperation. As two of the world's most influential security actors, Russia and NATO have a vital stake in that cooperation.