Cooperation in the disposal of old munitions in the Kaliningrad region will be discussed for the first time ever at the ministerial conference of the Russia-NATO Council in Brussels on Wednesday.
A senior NATO officer told the press on Monday that issues, which had long been on the alliance-Russia agenda, would be considered at the meeting of the foreign ministers of 28 NATO countries and their Russian colleague Sergei Lavrov.
These include the situation in Syria, the international program of the disposal of the Syrian chemical arms stock, the Afghan situation in the context of the upcoming reduction of the NATO military presence in that country and the suppression of terrorism and drug trafficking.
NATO and Russia have been cooperating in a number of areas, primarily, Afghanistan and the deterrence of international terrorism, this year, the officer said. It is planned to continue the program for servicing the Afghan army's helicopter fleet, including the delivery of hardware and personnel training by Russian coaches, in 2014.
The joint scrapping of old conventional munitions in the Kaliningrad region will be a new cooperation area. NATO is experienced in the safe disposal of old munitions and possesses relevant technologies.
The NATO ministers and Lavrov will continue to discuss the deployment of missile defense in Europe, which remains an issue of serious disagreement between the alliance and Russia. NATO said there had been no serious progress in that matter lately.
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