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PIR Center Delegation Visited NATO Headquarters

29.11.2012

demidov.jpgMOSCOW, NOVEMBER 29, 2012. PIR PRESS – “According to what NATO representatives say, Organization’s position on ballistic missile defense is as follows: if this issue is resolved in a constructive way it will be a potential game changer for Russia-NATO relations. At the same time, Russia should not expect the Alliance to wait until Moscow decides upon its approach. If Russia regards BMD as a critical problem, then that’s a critical problem only for Russia.” – Oleg Demidov, Coordinator of PIR Center International Information Security and Global Internet Governance Project.

On November 19-20, 2012 PIR Center representative visited NATO Headquarters in Brussels and Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) as part of the group of Russian think-tankers and lecturers. The visit was on invitation and under organizational support of the NATO Information Office in Moscow. PIR Center was represented by Coordinator of PIR Center International Information Security and Global Internet Governance Project Oleg Demidov, intern Oleg Shakirov and PIR Center expert Pavel Luzin.

nato_1.jpgProgramme for the visit was organized by NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division. Communication with members of NATO’s international staff and member countries’ representatives took place in the form of briefings and discussions and was focused on cooperation between Russia and NATO in the framework of NATO-Russia Council, general information about Organization’s priorities and future plans with regard to a number of key directions (BMD, Afghanistan, partnership programs), as well as NATO's New Strategic Concept and Smart Defence initiative.

BMD was unsurprisingly one of the most discussed issues; main idea that penetrated every presentation was a call for cooperation with Russia. “According to what NATO representatives say, - notes Oleg Demidov, Coordinator of PIR Center International Information Security and Global Internet Governance Project, -  Organization’s position on ballistic missile defense is as follows: if this issue is resolved in a constructive way it will be a potential game changer for Russia-NATO relations. At the same time, Russia should not expect the Alliance to wait until Moscow decides upon its approach. If Russia regards BMD as a critical problem, then that’s a critical problem only for Russia”.

nato_mission.jpgWhile in Brussels, Russian experts also visited Permanent Mission of Russia to NATO and had a conversation with Acting Permanent Representative of Russia to NATO Nikolay Korchunov. Discussion revolved around spheres of cooperation and difficulties of Russia-NATO relations. PIR Center representatives raised questions regarding international information security, BMD and military use of space, as well as conventional arms control in Europe.

For all information concerning comments from PIR Center experts please contact PIR Center Internet Project Director Andrey Baklitsky, tel: +7 (495) 987-19-15, fax: +7 (495) 987-19-14, email: baklitsky at pircenter.org

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