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MOSCOW EXPECTS HEAD OF NATO MILITARY COUNCIL

RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, March 14 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow will host a meeting between Thomas Baptiste, the head of the NATO Military Council, and representatives of the Russian Defense Ministry, the Russian Defense Ministry's press service reports.

"On Monday, Lt.-Gen. Thomas Baptist, acting head of the NATO Military Council, is arriving in Moscow on a two-day visit," the source said.

According to the source, during his visit, the NATO representative will meet Col.-Gen. Anatoly Mazurkevich, the head of the main department for international military cooperation of the Russian Defense Ministry.

"The meeting of the military representatives will be held under the auspices of the Russia-NATO Council," the Defense Ministry sources said.

"The meeting will sum up the working plan of the Russia-NATO Council, and touch upon raising operational compatibility. The NATO representative will commission a report on his work in the anti-terrorist area. Besides, the parties will consider stronger mechanisms for communication and interaction in Moscow," stressed the representative of the Russian Defense Ministry.

Lt.-Gen. Thomas Baptiste graduated from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), then finished officer training courses at the Lackland air force base in Texas. He also received training at the Maxwell air force academy, Alabama. The head of the NATO Military Council has about 3,000 flying hours onboard F-4 and F-16 tactical fighters.



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