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Rumsfeld to Meet With Russian Counterpart in Moscow

By Sgt. 1st Class Kathleen T. Rhem, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2001 – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will depart for Moscow Nov. 2 to meet with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov.

Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke told reporters this morning that Rumsfeld is traveling to Moscow and "other countries in the region still to be determined" and is scheduled to return to Washington Nov. 5.

Clarke said she hoped the itinerary would be firm by this afternoon. The initial reason for the trip is to see Ivanov," she said. The two plan to talk about the war on terrorism and the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, she said.

She also said DoD will continue to activate reservists beyond the department's initial estimate of 35,500. She wouldn't speculate on another cap.

"We're not benchmarking it," Clarke said. "The authorization allowed us to go up to a million, which we don't anticipate getting close to." She said the department informed the White House of the need to exceed initial estimates "a couple weeks ago."

To date, more that 40,000 reserve component service members have been activated, primarily for homeland defense missions within the United States.

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