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Reno Meets Russian Security Heads

October 18, 1999

MOSCOW (AP) _ Attorney General Janet Reno met with top Russian security officials Monday and signed a memorandum on anti-drug cooperation between the United States and Russia.

Reno discussed cases now under investigation, but Russian media reports did not indicate whether that included an FBI probe of allegations that Russians channeled up to $10 billion through accounts at the Bank of New York.

The U.S. attorney general and Russian Security Service director Nikolai Patrushev signed a memorandum aimed at increasing Russian-U.S. cooperation in fighting drug trafficking, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.

Reno also met with acting Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov, Justice Minister Yuri Chaika and Interior Minister Vladimir Rushailo. On Tuesday, top law enforcement officials from the world’s seven leading industrialized nations will meet in Moscow.

Police and legal authorities from those nations and Russia will meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Moscow to hash out strategies on fighting international terrorism and narcotics trading, among other issues.

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