SECRETARY OF STATE MADELEINE K. ALBRIGHT
AT STAKE OUT FOLLOWING
NATO-RUSSIA PERMANENT JOINT COUNCIL MEETING
SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: I think this was, as everybody said this morning, a truly historic
meeting that many people thought would not happen. And not only did it happen, but it was one
in which there was great engagement in the new subjects being discussed, a great sense of the fact
that we were embarked on a new journey of undivided Europe where countries that had been on
different sides throughout the century, actually, were cooperating and working towards the
But even more than the high flown words, which were all very well-chosen, there was very much
the sense of getting down to work. The next meeting has been set for December 17th in Brussels.
A working group has been established. There was discussion of how to cooperate in a variety of
areas. So while it was a very engaging and exciting meeting, it was also a very businesslike
meeting. It went very well. We're very, very pleased.
SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: I think that there is an increasing sense that we are all engaged in a
new era, and that we are going to put past Cold War disagreements behind us -- and a lot of
discussion of the future. I think it was a good meeting in that regard, very much so.