Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

NATO Commander meets Russian Counterpart in Gulf of Aden

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 gennaio 2011

London: Commodore Michiel Hijmans, commander of the NATO counter piracy mission Operation Ocean Shield, met with Commander Podkopailo of the Russian task group at sea in the Gulf of Aden. The Russian Federation warship Admiral Vinogradov was escorting a convoy of merchant ships and passed the area where the NATO flagship HNLMS De Ruyter was patrolling.    During a constructive meeting both sides shared information on their counter piracy operations, discussed issues and possible opportunities to conduct operations and exercises as partners. Both Commanders showed their willingness to improve communications and tackle the piracy problem together, illustrating the improving relationship between NATO and the Russian federation, following the NATO Summit in Lisbon in November 2010.  The Russian Federation has been sending ships to the Gulf of Aden to protect shipping from piracy for several years now. They focus on escorting convoys from the Red Sea far into the Indian Ocean.
NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008.  The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider and protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector.  In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is working with other international bodies to help develop capacity of countries in the region to tackle piracy on their own.

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