Russian-NATO cooperation plan to be endorsed in Jan 2013

A Russia-NATO military cooperation plan for 2013 will be endorsed during Russian armed forces chief of staff Col. Gen. Valery Gerasimov's visit to Brussels in January 2013.

"We have planned aspects of further cooperation for 2013 and agreed to consider and endorse a cooperation plan in Brussels in January 2013," Gerasimov told journalists following negotiations with NATO Military Committee Chair Knud Bartels on Thursday.

The document will be endorsed at a meeting of the Russian and NATO chiefs of staff during a NATO-Russia Council meeting.

Gerasimov said Bartels and he had discussed military cooperation between Russia and NATO at their talks on Thursday.

"We exchanged opinions on the situation in different parts of the world," Gerasimov said. "We exchanged opinions on regional security, touched upon the situation in Afghanistan in light of the withdrawal of the NATO forces from this country, and planned a number of measures that need to be taken," he said.

"As for military cooperation, these issues have been regulated and adjusted, but they are developing in a reasonable way on issues that are beneficial to each party," he said.

Russian-NATO cooperation is best in combating sea piracy, international terrorism, logistics, and military medicine, he said.

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