12 June 1998
NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council Meeting At Defence Ministers Level
The NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council (PJC) met at the level of
Defence Ministers on Friday, 12th June 1998 in Brussels. During this, their second
meeting, Ministers noted with satisfaction the first anniversary of the signing of the
NATO-Russia Founding Act and reaffirmed their commitment to playing their full part in
bringing concrete substance to the work of the PJC in defence-related and military fields.
Ministers discussed the situation in and around Bosnia and Herzegovina,
including SFOR operations and the international communityšs response to the crisis in
Kosovo. Ministers agreed to continue NATO-Russia cooperation in SFOR following the end of
its current mandate, thus helping to consolidate the peace.
With regard to Kosovo, they condemned Belgradešs massive and
disproportionate use of force as well as violent attacks by Kosovar Albanian extremists.
They reaffirmed their determination to contribute to international efforts to resolve the
crisis and promote regional stability.
Ministers reviewed progress in implementing the 1998 PJC Work
Programme, noting in particular the practical work being carried forward in the joint
working groups on peacekeeping and civil emergency planning. They also noted the
consultations held on non-proliferation issues, on nuclear affairs and infrastructure
development programmes, on retraining of retired officers and the extensive talks held to
elaborate possible areas of armaments cooperation. They welcomed the establishment of
Russiašs Mission to NATO with the office of a senior Russian military representative as
an integral part.
Ministers stressed the importance of increased military cooperation
between NATO and Russia, including the monthly meetings of military representatives. They
welcomed the participation of Russian units in the PfP Exercise ŗCOOPERATIVE JAGUAR˛,
which took place in May in Denmark, and the arrival of two Russian liaison officers at the
Partnership Coordination Cell at Mons. Ministers were also briefed on the status of the
reform of the armed forces in the Russian Federation and on developments of the Combined
Joint Task Force (CJTF) concept.
Ministers agreed to build on the progress achieved to date including
the desirability of finalizing the Russian Individual Partnership Programme under
Partnership for Peace, as agreed in the PJC Work Programme for 1998. They welcomed the
beginning of negotiations on the establishment of reciprocal military liaison missions, as
provided for by the NATO-Russia Founding Act, and confirmed the aim of establishing a NATO
military liaison mission in Moscow by the end of the year.
NATO and Russia agreed to meet again at the level of Defence Ministers
in December 1998.