NRC approves plan to dispose of dangerous ammunition

The NATO-Russia Council approved an ambitious cooperation plan on Wednesday to launch a joint trust fund project that will attempt to dispose of obsolete and dangerous ammunition in Russia's Kaliningrad region.

The projected five-year, $68.4 million project will be paid for through a new trust fund. NATO said the project will make conditions safer for civilians who live near the ammunition stocks.

"Today, we agreed to launch a project for the disposal of obsolete and dangerous ammunition in a safe, efficient and environmentally friendly way," Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the secretary general of NATO, said. "By doing so, we will make the environment safer for all those who live near these stocks of dangerous ammunition. And we will create the conditions for former military sites to be converted to civilian use."

The NRC also agreed to cooperate in the fight against piracy, narcotics and terrorism. Rasmussen said NATO and Russia will also explore the potential for cooperating in new areas, including the battle against roadside bombs and mines in Afghanistan.

"This will benefit our shared security. It will allow us to promote stability in Afghanistan, and thus in the Euro-Atlantic region," Rasmussen said. "And it will allow us to improve the protection we give to our troops, our citizens and all those who are threatened by homemade bombs."

During the meeting, the NRC also adopted a statement supporting the joint Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and U.N. mission to destroy Syria's chemical weapons.