NATO Stands Ready to Assist Countries of Caucasus and Central Asia in Defending Energy Resources and Infrastructures: NATO’s Special Representative
Belgium, Brussels, 21 March /corr. Trend K.Konirova / NATO newly began dialogue with the countries of Central Asia and Caucasus regarding energy security and the priority in this direction is the defence of the energy infrastructure, said the NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for Central Asia and the South Caucasus, Robert Simmons.
"Establishing military-marine fleet in Caspian is part of our co-operation with Central Asia and Caucasus. It mostly deals with the defence of the infrastructure in Caspian. We hold talks with Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan with regards to defence of the energy facilities, and the issue of establishing military-marine fleet remains open," Simmons said.
"NATO will not direct its troops to Azerbaijan or Caucasus, but we are prepared to assist in holding defence reforms and modernizing armed forces in order to strengthen the potential of these countries to defend their infrastructures. So, from our side, it will be an assistance so that Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan could use their potentials to defend energy resources and energy infrastructure," NATO Representative said.