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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: Opportunities for NATO-Russia Co-operation Lie in Concrete Practical Tasks


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At a meeting of the foreign ministers of NATO and Russia in Brussels today, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet noted that Estonia feels it is important to further develop NATO and Russia’s practical co-operation in concrete sectors, such as transit for the Afghanistan mission through Russia, fighting piracy, battling terrorism and the narcotics trade, and restricting the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

“It is essential to continue co-operation in security issues that are useful to both NATO and Russia. We see possibilities for success in primarily practical co-operation,” said Paet. The foreign minister stated that NATO is already co-operating with Russia in many areas. “For example, our co-operation with Russia regarding Afghanistan is successful and we feel that co-operation could continue in order to support the international efforts to hand over responsibility for security and also to support the country after 2014,” he noted. 

Paet stated that it is also important for NATO-Russia co-operation to continue adhering to principle that the two sides discuss the topics they agree on as well as the topics on which they have differing opinions.

The NATO-Russia Council Work Programme for 2013 was also approved at today’s meeting.

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