Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov has arrived in the United States on a three-day visit during which he will participate in the third international conference on the role of the military in the fight against terrorism. As reported to a Rosbalt correspondent by the Defense Ministry press office, the conference will be held under the aegis of the commission 'Russia-NATO.'
During his visit, Ivanov will also hold talks and meet with American presidential aide Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. 'Unfortunately, Russia has a wealth of experience combating terrorism,' he said, 'including the fight with terrorism in the Chechen republic. Our experience may be of interest to our partners.'
The Americans came to realise that they would have to either leave the region or weaken their presence there. It is Russia that is filling the vacuum now