Gen. Eugene Habiger, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, starts a week-long visit to Russia today at the invitation of the chief of the Strategic Rocket Forces (SRF). Habiger is scheduled to visit several SRF bases. Earlier this month, following revelations that some suitcase-sized nuclear weapons might be missing, Russian defense minister Igor Sergeev invited Habiger to review the security of Russia’s nuclear arsenal. Yesterday’s Pentagon announcement of Habiger’s trip did not mention this subject. (DoD press release, October 21; AFP, October 1)
Moscow Downplays China Relations.