NRC Website looks ahead to 2014
2014 looks set to be another busy year for the NATO-Russia Council.
At the end of 2013, NATO-Russia Council Foreign Ministers approved the NRC Work Programme for 2014. The NRC members will work together against common security challenges through the range of practical and cooperative activities contained in this guiding document.
Key areas include cooperation on Afghanistan, through the NRC’s well-established Helicopter Maintenance Trust Fund supporting the Afghan Air Force, and Counter Narcotics Training. The NRC also looks set to explore new training opportunities in this vital year for Afghanistan and the region.
In the wake of events which demonstrate the devastating potential terrorists still have to threaten the security of NRC populations, the NATO-Russia Council will continue its important cooperation in the fight against terrorism. In a year which marks the tenth anniversary of the NRC Action Plan on Terrorism, it’s clear that terrorism continues to be a threat which the NRC member states can often better face by working together. This includes continuing work through the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Terrorist Threat to the Euro-Atlantic Area as well as maintaining the Cooperative Airspace Initiative, the NRC capability to detect and respond to the threat posed by hijacked aircraft.
Work will also continue to develop the NRC’s STANDEX technology. This cutting edge technology could in time increase our ability to prevent deadly terrorist attacks.
2014 also looks to be a significant year for the NRC in terms of beginning new areas of work. At their December 2013 ministerial meeting, NRC Foreign Ministers launched an important new project to cooperate on the disposal of obsolete ammunitions stocks in the Kaliningrad region, Russia.
The NRC will also continue to convene regularly in Brussels, at the level of Ambassadors ensuring that member states can engage in political dialogue on a range of security issues of relevance to the NRC.