Kerry submits 2013 BPC Joint Report

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry submitted a report on Friday that highlighted the accomplishments made by the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission in the last year, according to the White House.

The U.S. and Russia launched the BPC four years ago to reaffirm a commitment to collaboration and cooperation and find common ground on arms control, international security, defense, bilateral trade, investment opportunities and countering terrorism, among other areas.

According to the report, the Counterterrorism Working Group is the main vehicle for bilateral counterterrorism cooperation between the two countries. The group anticipates continuing dialogue on transportation security issues and law enforcement matters in the coming year. The U.S. looks to deepen its cooperation with Russia in the lead up to the Sochi Olympics in February.

Russia and the U.S. also collaborated on nuclear energy and nuclear security through the Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Security Working Group. According to the report, the highlight of the past year was the signing on June 14 of two successor arrangements to the Cooperative Threat Reduction Agreement. The arrangements provide a framework for NENSWG nuclear security activities. The report also noted the final delivery of low enriched uranium under the 1993 U.S.-Russia Highly Enriched Uranium Purchase Agreement.

Caitlin Hayden, the spokesperson for the White House's National Security Council, said President Barack Obama encouraged the commission's working groups to deepen and expand their engagement with Russia to increase security, advance innovation and remove barriers to trade and investment.

"By partnering with American and Russian civil society and private enterprise, the commission's working groups can have an enduring impact that yields a brighter future for Russians, Americans, and people around the world," Hayden said.