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BRUSSELS, October 23 (Itar-Tass) - NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen expressed condolences to relatives of those who had been injured during the terrorist act in Volgograd.
Opening the Russia-NATO Council at the level of defense ministers on Wednesday, Rasmussen said: “NATO Allies and Russia have continued to work together to counter terrorism in the air and on the ground.”
“A recent exercise, Vigilant Skies 2013, has improved our ability to respond to the hijacking of civilian planes. And we are successfully cooperating to develop a better means to prevent attacks against our public transport systems,” the NATO Secretary-General said.
“We have also made important first steps towards greater transparency in our military activities. Last month, NATO officials observed the Russian and Belarusian exercise Zapad 2013. And next month, we expect to welcome Russian observers at Exercise Steadfast Jazz in Latvia and Poland,” he said.
“Farther afield, joint NATO-Russian naval exercises have strengthened our efforts to deter piracy. And we have supported the security and stability of Afghanistan by expanding our counter-narcotics programs. And by launching the second phase of our helicopter maintenance trust fund to support Afghan forces,” Rasmussen said.
“We continue to discuss the important topic of Missile Defense. There is no agreement yet on how we should work together. But we all agree that further consultations are the way forward,” he said.