DEFENSE MINISTER MIGHT VISIT IRAN THIS MONTH... Igor Sergeev
told Interfax on 30 November that he may visit Teheran before
the end of the year. Iran, he said, is a "reliable partner"
with whom Russia is ready to "develop mutually advantageous
military and technical cooperation." Sergeev added that all
dealings between the two countries will be carried out in
accordance with international law and will contribute to
security in the region. Moscow recently announced that it is
withdrawing from its commitment not to supply Iran with
conventional arms, prompting the U.S. to threaten to impose
economic sanctions on Russia (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 27
November 2000). JC
...WHILE EMERGENCIES MINISTER TO BE IN BAGHDAD IN MARCH?
Sergei Shoigu told journalists in Moscow on 30 November that
he will visit Baghdad next year. According to Interfax, which
did not give its sources, the emergencies minister will make
that trip in March. JC
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