Author: A. I. VORONIN
Lt. Gen. A. I. VORONIN
Member of the Federation Council Defense and Security Committee
Alexander Ivanovich VORONIN was born on July 12, 1936, in the village of Yelkhovka, Sergievskiy Rayon, Kuybyshev Oblast; served in the USSR and RF Armed Forces for over 40 years; the M. V. Frunze Orel Tank School (1956), the V. I. Lenin Military-Political Academy (1969), the Military Academy of the General Staff (1980); the Volga Military District, the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany, the Trans Baykal Military District, and the Far East Military District; in 1990 - 1993, people's deputy of the Russian Federation; at present, a member of the Federation Council Defense and Security Committee; since 1996, a member of the RF Federal Assembly delegation at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
Contacts and cooperation between Russia and NATO began to develop in the early 1990s. To make a comprehensive, all-round analysis of the current situation and the difficulties that had to be dealt with along this path, it is important to view these relations in a historical context.
A little more than a decade has passed since the breakup of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. It took some time for partnership to be established. First steps were made in 1991, when Russia became a founding member of the North Atlantic Cooperation Council,* then, in 1994, acceding to the Partnership for Peace Program. A real groundwork for a sound, long-term partnership between Russia and NATO, however, was laid with the signing of the Founding
* The North Atlantic Cooperation Council is a special body for regular consultations on security and stability in Europe, which started working on December 20, 1991 (it originally comprised 25 states). The organization was established as a body to promote multilateral contacts between Central European, Baltic, and CIS countries on the one side, and NATO on the other, without becoming NATO members since the enlargement of the North Atlantic alliance by admitting some states and rejecting others, not surprisingly, caused a number of military-strategic problems.
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