Russian General Staff Rules Out Engaging Cis Troops In Us War On Terrorism

Chief of Russia's General Staff Gen. Anatoly Kvashnin has ruled out the possibility of engaging CIS special units in the US-waged war on terrorism. At the same time, Kvashnin said that Russia would participate in the fight against terrorism in line with the directions outlined in President Putin's statement. According to the general, Russia calmly took Armenia's decision to allow US aircraft to use its airspace in the anti-terrorism operation. The chief of Russia's general staff arrived Tuesday in Yerevan where he is to meet Armenian president Robert Kocharyan, the defence minister, the secretary of the security council under the Armenian president, and the chief of Armenia's armed forces. The talks will feature the prospects for military cooperation between Armenia and Russia. Also, Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II will receive Mr Kvashnin. On Wednesday, the chief of Russia's general staff will visit the 102nd military base of Russia, stationed in Armenia's territory.

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