Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov arrived in Brussels on Monday night. Immediately upon arrival here he will have a meeting with American Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. On Tuesday, the chief of the Russian military establishment will participate in a session of the Russia-NATO Joint Permanent Council at the level of defense ministers. On Wednesday, Ivanov will have negotiations with his Belgian opposite number Andre Flahaut and sign a Russian-Belgian agreement on military cooperation.
Russian military repeatedly thwarted Turkey's attempts to deploy its troops to Syria, and stopped militants from moving further south