Official says NATO ready for constructive relationship with Russia

Jan. 22, 2014 at 4:42 PM

BRUSSELS, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A high-ranking NATO military official said Wednesday in Brussels a constructive relationship with Russia is planned for 2014.

Gen. Knud Bartels, chairman of NATO's Military Committee and a general in the Dutch army, addressed the two-day meeting of the NATO Chiefs of Defense at NATO headquarters in Brussels and said Gen. Valery Gerasimov would attend the meeting, the Russian news agency ITAR-Tass reported.

Bartels said NATO and the Russian military would work to implement cooperation through the Cooperative Airspace Initiative, which establishes cooperation on airspace surveillance and air traffic coordination to prevent airborne terrorist attacks, and the Afghanistan Helicopter Trust Fund, aimed at assisting the Afghan Air Force in developing helicopter maintenance skills.

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