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6 Mar 2015

Belarus’ Armed Forces, NATO discuss the Partnership for Peace program in Minsk

MINSK, 6 March (BelTA) – Representatives of Belarus’ Armed Forces and NATO discussed the NATO Partnership for Peace program, BelTA learned from the Defense Ministry of Belarus.

From 4 to 6 March Minsk hosted the consultations between representatives of the Armed Forces and NATO on Belarus' participation in Partnership for Peace Planning and Review Process under the individual partnership and cooperation program between Belarus and NATO for 2014-2015.

The Belarusian side provided the information about the construction of the Armed Forces, defense budget and exercises in 2014, the activities of the Defense Minsitry within the framework of the Partnership for Peace program. The parties discussed the draft assessment document Partnership for Peace 2015, reviewed the implementation of the partnership goals, clarified the practical issues of their implementation and outlined the ways for further cooperation between the Defense Ministry and NATO.

Belarus’ delegation included experts of structural subdivisions of the Defense Ministry, the General Staff and the Armed Forces, and also representatives of the State Secretariat of the Security Council, the Foreign Ministry and the Emergencies Ministry.

The NATO delegation was led by Jean-Claude Gagnon, Officer at the Planning Directorate in the Defense Policy and Planning Division, the NATO International Staff. The delegation was composed of representatives of the NATO International Military Staff, the office of defense cooperation of the NATO Allied Command Operations (ACO) and Allied Command Transformation (ACT), representatives of the embassies of the NATO member states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) in Belarus.

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