His Excellency Mr Dmitri Rogozin, Russian Deputy Prime Minister, visited the NATO Support Agency (NSPA) in Capellen
20 December 2012
The meeting provided an opportunity to take stock of key cooperative projects that are implemented by NSPA under the auspices of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC), and also to look at new opportunities where cooperation would be mutually beneficial.
NRC cooperation on Afghanistan is of central importance to both parties, particularly as we move towards 2014. NSPA plays a key role as executing agent for the NRC Helicopter Maintenance Trust Fund, which is supporting the Afghan Air Force’s Mi-17 and Mi-35 helicopters by providing maintenance training to Afghan helicopter technicians and helicopter spare parts. Cooperation on ISAF transit through Russia was also discussed.
There are more areas of potential cooperation in the framework of the NRC which could be beneficial. A key opportunity that we agreed to look at in the 2013 NRC Work Programme is cooperation in ammunition disposal, an area in which NSPA has significant experience. To take all these projects forward, NSPA and the Russian Federation are also finalizing a formal Agreement which will provide a work framework for cooperative activities between NSPA and Russia. This is a subject which has been addressed by NSPA officials and his Excellency Mr Dmitri Rogozin today.