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Russia: Moscow Concerned About U.S. Military In Central Asia

Moscow, 21 May 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov today said Russia remains concerned about the U.S. military presence in Central Asia. Ivanov said Russia intends to seek clarification on the duration of the U.S. military presence in republics near Russia's borders, where U.S. troops have been supporting operations in Afghanistan.

He said the issue will be raised during a summit between U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin later this week in Moscow.

Ivanov also praised cooperation between Russia and the United States in fighting terrorism, saying it would not have been possible to dismantle terrorist networks in Afghanistan without an international coalition.