The Berlin Plus Agreement is the summary title of a comprehensive set of agreements concluded between NATO and the EU on 16 December 2002.  These agreements were based on the conclusions of the 1999 NATO summit in Washington, sometimes referred to as the CJTF mechanism, and allowed the EU to use some of NATO`s military means in its own peacekeeping operations. The Berlin Plus agreement consists of seven main parts:  Despite his deep unpopularity, Yeltsin won a second presidential term in an election marred by irregularities in 1996. The country`s rising class of oligarchs backed Yeltsin`s re-election offer in exchange for a majority stake in many of the country`s largest mining and oil companies. In 1998, Russia fell behind in its public debt [PDF] and its economy collapsed. The agreements were called after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin in 1996, when they said they were ready to facilitate “the use of separable but not separate military capabilities in operations led by the Western European Union.” At its 1999 Washington summit, NATO, on the basis of the Berlin decision, recognised “the European Union`s determination to have the capacity to act autonomously” and extended the agreements to the EU. Hence the most. On behalf of the EU, Xavier Solana wrote on 17 March 2003 to NATO Secretary General George Robertson and confirmed that work on Berlin Plus between the two organisations had been completed. . . .