Warsaw, 13 November 2010 - RUSSIA “CAN BE A VERY GOOD PARTNER” FOR NATO, SAYS POLISH OFFICIAL, BUT OBSTACLES TO CO-OPERATION WITH THE EU REMAIN
As Poland’s defence priorities evolve, it has learned to value the new partnerships of the 21st century. Security through co-operation is an approach that could also benefit NATO more widely, Polish Undersecretary of State Jacek Nadjer told the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Political Committee on today (Saturday 13 November).
In the current geopolitical climate, Russia “can be a very good partner for co-operation” with the Alliance, Nadjer said, assisting with the assessment of common threats, not least global terrorism, and co-operating with NATO’s efforts in Afghanistan.
Speaking at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly at its 2010 session hosted by
The recent changes in the EU’s security framework provide an opportunity to improve co-operation with NATO, he said. The
The Polish presidency of the EU in the second half of 2011 will build on this, he said. In addition to developing the EU’s own capacities,
“Berlin Plus is not adequate anymore” for the co-ordination of theatre operations, he said, referring to the 2002 agreement which allows the EU to make limited use of NATO resources in third countries.
Other obstacles also remain to co-operation with the EU, he said, not least in the form of the ongoing tensions between
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