US Afghan Commander in Russia
Mar. 20, 2002
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MOSCOW (AP) _ Gen. Tommy Franks, commander of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, met in Moscow on Tuesday with a top Russian Foreign Ministry official to discuss progress of the anti-terror campaign, the ministry said in a statement.
Franks and First Deputy Foreign Minister V.I. Trubnikov also discussed strengthening U.S.-Russian cooperation in fighting international terrorism, the statement said.
The U.S. Embassy in Moscow said it couldn't comment on the general's whereabouts.
Franks is due to meet Wednesday with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov to review the military operation in Afghanistan and anti-terror efforts in other parts of the world. They will also discuss the U.S. troop presence in the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, the Interfax news agency said.
During his visit, Franks will meet with Russian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Anatoly Kvashnin and Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Kormiltsev, before leaving Moscow on Thursday.