Expert says NATO defense ministers meeting to foster cooperation

MOSCOW, September 13 (RIA Novosti, Dmitry Panovkin) - The informal meeting of defense ministers on the Russia-NATO Council in Berlin Tuesday will give a new impulse to cooperation between Russian and NATO armed forces, a senior researcher at the Moscow-based Institute of Political and Military Analysis said.

"The meeting may yield agreements confirming the plan of joint Russia-NATO military exercises for next year," said institute head Anatoly Tsyganok.

Russia will also confirm its agreement to join military and naval operations, including in the Mediterranean, in WMD non-proliferation efforts, the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking," Tsyganok said.

He said the talks would continue on the sidelines of the meeting to upgrade different countries' interoperability to "further strengthen the bridge between the NATO and Russian military" and "improve cooperation between top- and medium-ranking commanders."

Tsyganok said the defense ministers' meeting would also raise issues on the Nuclear Terrorism Convention.

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