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Acting President Vladimir Putin met with NATO Secretary-General George Robertson

February 16, 2000, The Kremlin, Moscow

Mr Putin and Mr Robertson discussed current issues of bilateral cooperation, regional and international security, and the situation in the North Caucasus.

During the meeting the men agreed to resume Russia-NATO contacts. The first step would be to compare the military doctrines and strategic concepts of Russia and NATO.

Following the talks, a joint statement was passed. Russia and NATO, it said, are fully determined to contribute to a stable and undivided Europe, free and united, for the good of its peoples.

The sides said that they would observe in good faith their obligations under international law, including the UN Charter, and provisions and principles contained in the Helsinki Final Act and OSCE Charter for European Security.

The statement also stressed that Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would contribute to security in the Euro-Atlantic region building on the Russia-NATO Founding Act and cooperating in the Permanent Joint Council. The sides expressed their intention to continue an active dialogue on a wide spectrum of security issues, allowing them to react to future challenges and make joint cooperation one of the cornerstones of European security.

NATO and Russia also welcome the signing of the Agreement on the Adaptation of the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty (CFE).

The statement reaffirmed the sides’ desire to continue their joint peacekeeping efforts as part of the Bosnia and Herzegovina stabilisation force and the international force in Kosovo with a view to final fulfilment of earlier adopted UN resolutions.

On the Russian side the meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, Defence Minister Igor Sergeyev and Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Sergei Prikhodko.

February 16, 2000, The Kremlin, Moscow