Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the participation of Sergey Lavrov in the session of the NATO-Russia Council

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On the 4 December, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will participate in another session of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) at the level of foreign ministers in Brussels.

The participants of the session will exchange opinions on topical problems on the international agenda, affecting security in the European Atlantic region (the situation around Syria, in Afghanistan), and they will discuss problem issues and prospects of NATO-Russia relations to respond to common security risks and threats.

The heads of the foreign services will review practical implementation measures of the agreements on the formation of a common space of peace, security and stability in the European Atlantic region, which were reached at the NRC summit on 20 November 2010 in Lisbon. The Russian party will draw attention to the need for practical steps to implement the indicated task.

During the session, they will review NRC activities in 2013 and discuss the priorities of further practical cooperation in the military sphere, in the fight against piracy, the counteraction of terrorist and drug threats, the response to natural and man-made disasters, the creation of the required conditions for the development of mutually beneficial military and technical cooperation. The course of preparation of the project on the industrial disposal of arms using advances in environmentally friendly technologies will also be reviewed. The ministers will approve the Program of work of the NATO-Russia Council for 2014.

The discussion of the prospects of interaction on Afghanistan taking into account the plans to close the ISAF mission in 2014 will become an important component of the meeting. Special attention will be devoted to the need to ensure a proper international legal framework for the planned presence of NATO in Afghanistan. The Russian party will point out the importance of setting up cooperation by the Organisation with the CSTO again.