|NATO’s Military Liaison Mission in Moscow Opened|
NATO’s Military Liaison Mission in Moscow Opened
Inauguration of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s (Nato) Military Liaison Mission (Mlm) in Moscow. Source: NATO International Military Staff, Brussels, Belgium. Press Advisory, May 23, 2002.
Admiral Guido Venturoni, Chairman of the Military Committee, NATO’s highest military authority, will officially open NATO’s Military Liaison Mission in Moscow on Monday, 27 May 2002 at 1445hrs. The opening will also be attended by the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, General Anatoliy Kvashnin and the Deputy Head of Mission of the Belgian Host Embassy, Minister-Counsellor Filip Cumps. The opening of the Mission sees the successful culmination of detailed negotiations and demonstrates the closer relationship between Russia and NATO.
The key task of the Mission will be to support the implementation of military co-operation activity as developed in the NATO-Russia Military Representatives and Chiefs of General Staff Work Plan. As part of this it will be directly involved in preparations for visits and other events by NATO in Russia and will also help in the preparation of Russian military visits to NATO HQ and NATO organised events in NATO countries. This will involve assisting in regular contacts, exchanges of information and consultations between NATO HQ and the Russian Ministry of Defence.
The Head of the Mission, Major General Peter Williams, United Kingdom Army will be assisted in his functions by a deputy, Colonel Josef Urbanowicz, Polish Army, three staff officers, three non-commissioned officers and two Russian civilian staff. The Russian Ministry of Defence will provide two Russian officers who will work in the Mission alongside their NATO colleagues in order to facilitate liaison with the Russian military. The new Mission is located in close proximity to the NATO Information Office, which has been active since June 2001.
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