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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 21, 2002

Fact Sheet: NATO-Russia Relations

      NATO Summit Trip

At their Rome Summit in May 2002, NATO and Russia created the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) as a major instrument of an emerging, new strategic relationship. The events of September 11, 2001, have alerted NATO and Russia to the new threats of the 21st Century, challenges we should face together. In the NRC, Allies and Russia can work as partners for consensus-building, consultations, joint decisions, and joint actions.

At the Rome Summit, the 20 leaders approved a workplan for the NRC, a set of initiatives in areas including counter-terrorism, civil emergency planning, crisis management, and non-proliferation. The work of the NRC is centered on specific, practical projects where NATO-Russia cooperation can make a real contribution to our common security. The NRC is designed to be a mechanism for action.

Some of the projects undertaken or underway in the NRC include:

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