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    The Russian Defense Ministry is willing to expand cooperation with the US Department of Defense in accounting for Russian and US military personnel missed in action (MIAs), the ministry's press service said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The US–Russia Joint Commission POW/MIAs (USRJC) was established in 1992 with the aim of jointly investigating the fates of US and Russian soldiers missed in action over a series of 20th century armed conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Afghanistan and other locations by then Presidents of the United States and Russia George W. Bush and Boris Yeltsin.

    The press service cited Andrey Taranov, the deputy head of the Defense Ministry's department dedicated to perpetuating the memory of those killed in action who is currently leading the Russian delegation at the talks of one of the working groups of the USRJC in Washington.

    "In his speech [Taranov] highlighted the special importance of strengthening humanitarian ties between Russia and the United States in the present conditions, and stressed that the Russian side was ready to develop and reinforce cooperation with the United States in accounting for Russian and US servicemen missed in action," the ministry said, commenting on Taranov's speech at a meeting of DOD with the families of US Korean and Cold War MIAs.

    On Wednesday, Taranov confirmed that the US delegation was planning to visit Moscow in November to take part in another plenary meeting of the commission.


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