During the second day of a two-day visit to Moscow, the Secretary General of the Western European Union (WEU), Jose Cutileiro, met on June 7 with Russian defense minister Pavel Grachev for talks on European security and possible Russian-WEU military cooperation. Peacekeeping activities in the Balkans were also said to be on the agenda. Grachev reportedly expressed satisfaction with the recent NATO meeting in Berlin because, in his view, its decisions could contribute to a more independent security role for the WEU and greater independence for that organization from NATO. Earlier in the day Cutileiro had met with Russian parliamentarians. On June 6 he conferred with Russian foreign minister Yevgeny Primakov. It was the first visit to Russia for a WEU leader. (Itar-Tass, June 6-7)
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