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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 625-95
November 29, 1995

SECRETARY PERRY AND RUSSIAN MOD GRACHEV SIGN DEFENSE AND

MILITARY CONTACT PLAN

Secretary of Defense William J. Perry and his Russian counterpart General of the Army Pavel Grachev signed a program of defense and military contacts for 1996 during their bilateral meeting in Brussels on November 28, 1995.

This annual plan is based on a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation on Defense and Military relations between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Russian Ministry of Defense which was signed on September 8, 1993.

The 1996 plan consists of over 40 events including a series of military exercises ranging from search and rescue operations and theater missile defense to peacekeeping missions. In addition, the 1996 plan will continue to foster aircraft and ship visits, discussions between defense and military staffs, and instructor/student exchanges at war colleges.

The military contacts program, which is a part of the overall plan, was signed by General John M. Shalikashvili, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his Russian counterpart General Mikhail P. Kolesnikov in Moscow on November 18, 1995.