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Founding Act on Mutual Relations, 
Cooperation and Security 
between NATO and the Russian Federation
                                                         Paris, 27 May 1997


Areas for Consultation and Cooperation

 In building their relationship, NATO and Russia will focus on specific areas of mutual interest. They will consult and strive to cooperate to the broadest possible degree in the following areas: 

issues of common interest related to security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area or to concrete crises, including the contribution of NATO and Russia to security and stability in this area; 

conflict prevention, including preventive diplomacy, crisis management and conflict resolution taking into account the role and responsibility of the UN and the OSCE and the work of these organisations in these fields; 

joint operations, including peacekeeping operations, on a case-by-case basis, under the authority of the UN Security Council or the responsibility of the OSCE, and if Combined Joint Task Forces (CJTF) are used in such cases, participation in them at an early stage; 

participation of Russia in the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council and the Partnership for Peace; 

exchange of information and consultation on strategy, defence policy, the military doctrines of NATO and Russia, and budgets and infrastructure development programmes; 

arms control issues; 

nuclear safety issues, across their full spectrum; 

preventing the proliferation of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, and their delivery means, combatting nuclear trafficking and strengthening cooperation in specific arms control areas, including political and defence aspects of proliferation; 

possible cooperation in Theatre Missile Defence; 

enhanced regional air traffic safety, increased air traffic capacity and reciprocal exchanges, as appropriate, to promote confidence through increased measures of transparency and exchanges of information in relation to air defence and related aspects of airspace management/control. This will include exploring possible cooperation on appropriate air defence related matters; 

increasing transparency, predictability and mutual confidence regarding the size and roles of the conventional forces of member States of NATO and Russia; 

reciprocal exchanges, as appropriate, on nuclear weapons issues, including doctrines and strategy of NATO and Russia; 

coordinating a programme of expanded cooperation between respective military establishments, as further detailed below; 

pursuing possible armaments-related cooperation through association of Russia with NATO's Conference of National Armaments Directors; 

conversion of defence industries; 

developing mutually agreed cooperative projects in defence-related economic, environmental and scientific fields; 

conducting joint initiatives and exercises in civil emergency preparedness and disaster relief; 

combatting terrorism and drug trafficking; 

improving public understanding of evolving relations between NATO and Russia, including the establishment of a NATO documentation centre or information office in Moscow. 

Other areas can be added by mutual agreement.