RUSSIA, U.S. TO IMPROVE INFO EXCHANGE ON MISSILE LAUNCHES.
U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Russian
Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, meeting in Brussels on 16
December, put their signatures to a memorandum of
understanding aimed at increasing the exchange of information
about launches of ballistic missiles and space launch
vehicles. The accord establishes a pre- and post-launch
notification system, expanding on earlier agreements reached
in 1998 and 1999. According to Reuters, the two leaders
pledged to include more countries in that system in a bid to
create what Ivanov called a "global system of control."
Albright, for her part, said that while Washington is
satisfied with Russian cooperation on the Middle East and in
Afghanistan, differences remain over Moscow's intention to
resume arms sales to Iran and its relations with Chechnya and
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