The Russia-NATO Joint Permanent Council has opened session in Iceland's capital. The work started with a conference of the top three--Lord George Robertson, NATO Secretary-General, and the Russian and Czech Ministers of Foreign Affairs. Czechia entered the Big Three on the NATO rotation arrangement. A complete-attendance session followed the short conference to discuss a package of understandings on which Russian partnership with NATO will shift to Format Twenty.
A fire has sparked on board the Russian aircraft-carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, which currently undergoes repairs. The fire has engulfed the entire power compartment of the vessel