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RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, February 14 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Defense Minister and the US Secretary of Defense have reached an agreement on starting joint work on non-traditional explosive devises used by terrorists, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said at a conference President Vladimir Putin held with Cabinet members.

"Accumulated experience is quite enough and we consider it expedient to work in a bilateral format," Mr. Ivanov said, telling the President about the meeting with NATO defense ministers.

He said that they discussed questions "in the area of mutual interest, that is, the fight against international terrorism and the danger of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in view of Iran's nuclear file and the statements by the DPRK leadership."

The ministers also discussed the question of operational compatibility of certain aviation units and the armed forces of Russia and NATO in carrying out joint operations in military training, peacekeeping and anti-terror.

Mr. Ivanov also said that the decrees on increasing servicemen's monetary allowance and military pensions would be sent for consideration to the presidential administration Tuesday. He also said that a government resolution was being drafted on raising stipends to the cadets of the military schools.

For his part, Vladimir Putin said "within a week the documents must be coordinated and drafted."

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