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Russia, U.S. To Exchange Missile Data

Pakistani soldiers display U.S.-made stinger missiles that were captured last month near the border with Afghanistan (AFP) 31 October 2005 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said today Russia and the United States will soon for the first time begin sharing information on transfers of man-portable antiaircraft missiles outside their respective national borders.

Ivanov said the first exchanges of information will take place next month after Moscow and Washington recently signed an agreement to this effect.

He noted that terrorists were eager to acquire such weapons.

Russia has similar accords with former Soviet republics.