Clinton calls for Russian military transparency

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Posted: Apr 15, 2011 8:29 AM
Clinton calls for Russian military transparency

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is urging Russia to be "completely transparent" about its military forces as Washington and NATO allies strive for closer cooperation with Moscow.

Clinton spoke as NATO foreign ministers were joined Friday by their Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.

Clinton highlighted the value of launching new negotiations to strengthen conventional arms control but said "to get there, Russia must be willing to talk to its neighbors about its equipment and forces in disputed territories."

Russia has military ties with the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Clinton added that, following an "extensive reorganization" of its military in recent years, Russia "must be completely transparent about its military forces."