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Russia, US to hold joint military exercises

The air forces of Russia and the United States will conduct a joint anti-terror exercise in the summer, a Russian military official said Monday.

“According to the scenario of the exercise, Russian aircraft will attempt to intercept a passenger plane hijacked in Japan when it flies over Russia's Far East,” Lt. Gen. Valery Ivanov, chief of the Far Eastern Air Force and Air Defense Joint Command, was quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency as saying. The exercise will focus on practicing the inter-operability of communications and command systems from both sides, Ivanov said.

Last year, the United States and Russia signed a military cooperation agreement on strengthening military cooperation and carrying out joint drills in 2008. (Xinhua)