Daily press briefing statements - 19.02.07
(Paris, February 19, 2007)
Defense Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie and Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy will go to Moscow on February 21 to take part with their Russian counterparts, Anatoly Serdiuko and Sergey Lavrov, in the French-Russian cooperation council on security questions (CCQS).
The CCQS was established by the presidents of the French Republic and the Russian Federation in January 2002 during President Vladimir Putin’s state visit to Paris. It is intended to enhance the strategic dialogue between France and Russia by bringing together the two countries’ foreign and defense ministers to discuss security issues. The last session of the CCQS was held in Paris on October 11, 2005.
This sixth session will include meetings restricted to the ministers and their counterparts, followed by plenary sessions in the 2+2 format.
Mr. Douste-Blazy and Ms Alliot-Marie will be received by Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin in the afternoon of February 21.
The meetings will afford an opportunity to discuss the following issues in particular : European security architecture (NATO-Russia relations, EU-Russia in the framework of the ESDP), cooperation in the G8 framework and energy security, the fight against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and the main regional issues (specifically Afghanistan, the Near and Middle East, Kosovo and frozen conflicts).