Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Russians to Join Y2K Monitoring at U.S. Base

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Russians to Join Y2K Monitoring at U.S. Base

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WASHINGTON -- Russia has accepted an offer to place its military officers at a joint monitoring center in Colorado to observe U.S. missile warning data during the Year 2000 transition. Defense Secretary William Cohen is expected to sign the agreement Monday in Moscow.

The Pentagon said yesterday that Cohen also will discuss arms control issues with his Russian counterpart, Gen. Igor Sergeyev. The visit is designed to put U.S.-Russian military relations back on track after Moscow severed most contacts in the spring in protest of the U.S.-led NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.

Cohen is to leave Washington tomorrow and return Tuesday.

U.S. and Russian military experts last fall had begun discussing the idea of a joint station for monitoring U.S. missile warning data, but progress was halted when the war with Yugoslavia broke out in March.

A senior Pentagon official who briefed reporters yesterday on Cohen's trip planning said Moscow had indicated in August that it would accept the U. …

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