Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov will visit Washington on May 17-18. This information was provided by official spokesman for the US department of state Richard Boucher. He reported that the agreement concerning the visit was reached (on a preliminary basis) in the course of a telephone conversation which took place on Thursday between the US State Secretary Colin Powell and Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov. According to Richard Boucher, the time of the visit and its programme is still to be specified. He also reported that Colin Powell and Igor Ivanov had discussed a number of regional questions, including the Middle East, Iraq, Afghanistan as well as strategic problems, in particular the situation around the Russian-American anti-ballistic missile treaty /ABM Treaty/ signed in 1972. This treaty curbed the arms race at the time.
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