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Russia, U.S. Said To Discuss Y2K

August 31, 1999

MOSCOW (AP) _ The American and Russian defense chiefs will meet in Moscow on Sept. 13 to discuss the Y2K computer glitch and nuclear weapons treaties, a top Russian Defense Ministry official said Monday.

Defense Secretary William Cohen and Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev may also discuss the peacekeeping operation in Kosovo, said Col. Gen. Leonid Ivashov, according to the Interfax news agency.

The talks will address the START II and START III nuclear weapons treaties, and U.S. wishes to modify the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty so it can build a limited missile defense system, Ivashov said.

Moscow strongly opposes any changes, saying that would upset the current strategic balance and could set off a new arms race.

The defense chiefs will also talk about Russia’s efforts to prepare for computer problems that might arise because of the changeover to the new millennium, Interfax said.

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