U.S. TO TRY TO CHANGE MOSCOW'S MIND OVER ARMS SALES TO IRAN.
A U.S. delegation headed by John Barker, deputy assistant
secretary at the Bureau of Nonproliferation Affairs, is due
to arrive in Moscow later this week in a bid to persuade
Russia to stick to a 1995 pledge not to sell weapons to Iran.
The decision to send the delegation to the Russian capital
was reached during last week's talks in Vienna between U.S.
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Russian Foreign
Minister Igor Ivanov, according to AP on 4 December. Russia
recently informed the U.S. that it is withdrawing from its
commitment not to supply Teheran with conventional weapons
(see "RFE/RL Newsline," 27 November 2000). ITAR-TASS reported
that U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen and Russian Defense
Minister Igor Sergeev plan to meet on the sidelines of a
Russia-NATO Permanent Council session in Brussels on 5
December to discuss the issue of Russian arms sales to Iran.
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