17 May 2000
Meeting of the NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council at Ambassadorial
The NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council (PJC) at Ambassadorial level
met on Wednesday, 17 May 2000.
Following a briefing on the meeting of Military Representatives at the level of Chiefs of
Defence Staff/General Staff under the auspices of the PJC held on 10 May 2000, Ambassadors
discussed the situation in the Former Yugoslavia and exchanged views on the NATO-Russia
cooperation in the international security presence in Kosovo (KFOR). They reviewed, in
particular, the state of implementation of the security aspects on UNSCR 1244 and stressed
their determination to meet in full the aims of the
international community as set out therein. In this context, they reiterated the
determination by NATO and Russia to cooperate closely in all areas including the
protection of Kosovo's minorities. They underlined that the international community will
not tolerate provocations and other attempts to undermine the peace process.
Following the discussion on questions related to NATO's 1999 Strategic Concept, Russia's
National Security Concept and issues related to military strategy and doctrines held at
the 15 March and 12 April PJC, Ambassadors exchanged, in the same spirit of
confidence-building and transparency, information on infrastructure development
Ambassadors discussed issues related to cooperation in the scientific field. They agreed
that the Memorandum on Scientific and Technological Cooperation, signed on 28 May 1998,
will provide a sound and comprehensive basis to enhance NATO-Russia cooperation in this
At Ambassadorial level, the PJC will meet again on 21 June 2000.