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Russia, Belarus to sign agreement on joint air defense system

RIA Novosti

19/10/2006 15:20 MOSCOW, October 19 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and Belarus will sign an agreement in the near future on forming a unified air defense system, the Russian Air Force commander said Thursday.

"The documents on formation a unified air defense system have already been submitted to the prime minister for signing," Vladimir Mikhailov said. "If he signs them today than we will sign an agreement tomorrow at a joint session."

The commander said Russia had been actively cooperating with Belarus on issues of air defense, and that in the future Russia will be able to form such joint systems with other countries.

Mikhailov said the territorial headquarters of the new air defense system will be located in Russia, and the auxiliary command center will be in Belarus.

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