On December 10, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Andrei Dapkiunas met with the Head of NATO’s Arms Control and Coordination Section, William Alberque before the third round of the experts’ consultations between Belarus and NATO on Confidence and Security Building Measures, the press-service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry reports.
The parties exchanged their views on the current state and prospects for further Belarus-NATO cooperation and indicated increased efforts by Belarusian and NATO experts to elaborate and fulfill confidence and security building measures.
The Deputy Minister also explained the nature of Belarusian concerns for the growth of regional and global tensions, as well as the spread of apprehension and hostilities in the world. “A. Dapkiunas pointed out that the responsible permanent interaction of experts on international security issues lays an irreplaceable foundation for the better understanding and gradual renewal of the former level of trust and cooperation in international security,” the Belarussian Foreign Ministry reported.
The cooperation between Belarus and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is officially implemented within the NATO program “Partnership for Peace,” which Belarus joined in 1995. Currently, practical cooperation with the Alliance is implemented based on the individual program of partnership and cooperation between Minsk and NATO.