Foreign Ministers Meeting
Luxembourg, 28 May 1998
NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council Meeting At Ministerial Level
Luxembourg, 28 May 1998
The third meeting of the NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council (PJC) at
the level of Foreign Ministers took place on Thursday, 28 May 1998 in Luxembourg.
Ministers highlighted the first anniversary of the signing of the
Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian
Federation, in Paris on 27 May 1997. They reviewed progress since their last meeting and
examined future priorities of the PJC Work Programme for 1998. They underscored the
qualitatively new relationship initiated by the Founding Act and welcomed the progress
made in practical cooperation so far. Ministers emphasized that NATO and Russia will
continue working together to contribute to common and comprehensive security in the
Euro-Atlantic area based on allegiance to shared values, commitments and norms of
behaviour in the interests of all states. They reiterated their commitment to a strong,
stable, enduring and equal partnership between NATO and Russia on the basis of common
interest, reciprocity and transparency. They confirmed the attachment of their countries
to the principles embodied in the Founding Act.
Ministers reviewed the situation in and around Bosnia and Herzegovina.
They called on all Parties to the Peace Agreement to increase their efforts to implement
the Agreement in full, and thus to create the conditions for a peaceful, stable and
prosperous future. They emphasized the value of NATO-Russia military cooperation in SFOR
on the ground as well as the regular consultations held in the PJC framework in this
respect. They agreed to continue NATO-Russia cooperation in SFOR following the end of its
current mandate in June.
Ministers expressed their concern about the situation in Kosovo. They
condemned the increase in violence in the area, and called for an open and unconditional
dialogue between authorities in Belgrade and the Kosovar Albanian leadership. Ministers
expressed their support for the efforts of the international community to facilitate this
process, including those of the Contact Group and the OSCE. They stressed the importance
of NATO-Russia consultations on ways to stabilize the situation in the area, and highly
valued the special meeting of the Permanent Joint Council held on 27 May 1998 to that
Ministers noted the establishment by NATO and Russia of the
institutional framework envisioned in the Founding Act, as a strong foundation for further
cooperation, and highlighted the practical achievements reached so far. Ministers stressed
the importance of the PJC as a mechanism to enhance dialogue and cooperation in the field
of security between NATO and Russia, as well as a mechanism of interaction which
contributes to building a safe, peaceful and undivided Europe. They welcomed the
establishment of Russia's Mission to NATO and the appointment of the Senior Russian
Military Representative in its framework. They agreed that frank and business-like
discussions at the meetings of Foreign and Defence Ministers and Chiefs of Staff as well
as at the monthly meetings at the level of Ambassadors and military representatives have
given new momentum to NATO-Russia cooperation and consultations.
In reviewing the implementation of the 1998 PJC Work Programme,
Ministers noted, among others, the consultations held on peacekeeping, on
non-proliferation issues, on terrorism, on nuclear affairs and infrastructure development
programmes. Ministers of NATO and Russia underlined the necessity to pursue and deepen
these discussions on issues of fundamental importance for the security of the
Euro-Atlantic region. Ministers welcomed the opening of the NATO Documentation Centre for
European Security Issues in Moscow, in February 1998. Ministers also supported further
cooperation regarding the retraining of retired military servicemen. They noted that
projected follow-up activities for 1998 include seminars and workshops on peacekeeping,
retraining of retired military officers, and terrorism.
Ministers highlighted the increased military cooperation between NATO
and Russia, including the participation by Russian units in the exercise "Cooperative
Jaguar" which took place in Denmark this month. They welcomed the beginning of
negotiations on the establishment of reciprocal Military Liaison Missions, as provided for
by the NATO-Russia Founding Act.
Ministers agreed that, while much has been accomplished since the
signing of the Founding Act, more needs to be done to build on the successes to date and
maintain the momentum to achieve its larger goals. They stressed the need to move ahead
with Russia's Individual Partnership Programme under Partnership for Peace,as agreed in
the PJC Work Programme for 1998. Ministers agreed on a continuation of the discussion in
the PJC on arms control and disarmament issues, including CFE and Open Skies.
In the framework of the PJC Ministerial meeting, NATO Secretary General
Solana and the Deputy Minister of Science and Technology of the Russian Federation,
Nichkov, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Scientific Cooperation between NATO and
Russia. The MOU will strengthen cooperation in an area of significant benefit for both
NATO and Russia agreed to meet again at the level of Foreign Ministers
in December 1998.