Secretary General of NATO "Anders Fogh Rasmussen" said that the partnership between Russia and NATO is an essential element to guarantee security in the Euro – Atlantic region .
Rasmussen said at the outset of " Russia - NATO" meeting in Brussels , said that the two sides have achieved much progress regarding fighting terrorism and ensuring security in Afghanistan . He also praised the joint initiative launched by NATO and Moscow to destroy old munitions in the Russian province of Kaliningrad .
Russian Foreign Minister "Sergei Lavrov" will participate at a meeting with his counterparts from NATO countries . Lavrov had met Rasmussen, declaring that a number of bilateral meetings might be held at a later date, including a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State "John Kerry" .