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Russia-Belarus air defense to be finalized by year's end-Ivanov

RIA Novosti

21/04/2006 17:45 MINSK, April 21 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and Belarus could start integrating their air defense systems by the end of the year, the Russian defense minister said Friday.

"I expect the documents on an integrated air defense system to be signed before the end of the year," Sergei Ivanov, who is also deputy prime minister, told a news conference in Minsk.

He also said Russia would send 1,500 servicemen to a joint exercise with Belarus this June, adding that Tu-160 strategic bombers, Su-27 fighters, and an AWACS plane would be taking part.


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