After Consultations On Abm At NATO Headquarters U.S. Delegation Will Visit Moscow

On the instructions of US President George Bush a delegation of representatives of the US administration will arrive next Tuesday, on May 8, in Brussels where it will begin at the NATO headquarters a series of consultations on anti-ballistic missile defence system (ABM) with representatives of eighteen states - US allies. As the RIA Novosti correspondent reports, this was announced in Washington by the press service of the US Department of State according to which the American delegation will include Assistant to the US Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, assistant to the US President's national security advisor Stephen Hadley and Assistant to the US Secretary of State Marc Grossman. Upon the completion of the consultations in Brussels before the end of next week the US delegation will separately visit a number of European capitals and after that will go to Moscow. The time of its arrival in the Russian capital will be additionally reported. In effect, simultaneously with the consultations on ABM in Europe analogous consultations will begin in Asia where another delegation headed by Assistant to the US Secretary of State Richard Armitage will fly next week. This delegation will stay in Japan on May 7 and 8, in South Korea on May 9 and 10, and in India on May 11. On May 11 the third delegation headed by Assistant to the US Secretary of State James Kelly will fly to Australia where it will stay till May 13, having made a stop in Singapore. From May 16 to 18 this delegation will participate in the work of a forum of the ASEAN countries in Vietnam and, as the State Department said, it is not ruled out that, returning to Washington, Kelly will also make a stop in China to discuss questions relating to the US plans in the ABM field.

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