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CIA Director Tenet Visits Moscow

August 18, 2000

MOSCOW (AP) _ CIA Director George Tenet visited Moscow on Friday to meet with his Russian counterparts, the U.S. Embassy said.

The daily Izvestia reported that Tenet arrived Thursday in Moscow on an invitation from Russian officials and would discuss ways to counter international terrorism.

An official at the U.S. Embassy’s information service refused to give further details about Tenet’s visit, and a duty officer at the Foreign Intelligence Service also refused to comment on the trip.

Tenet’s visit did not appear to be connected with the sinking of Russia’s Kursk nuclear submarine in the Barents Sea last Saturday. Hope dwindled Friday of finding any of the submarine’s 118 crewmen alive as rescue vessels repeatedly failed to link up with the submarine.

Though the Russian and American intelligence services have not shed all their Cold War animosities, they periodically swap information on terrorism, organized crime and drug trafficking.

Before coming to Moscow, Tenet spent two days in Bulgaria meeting with security officials.

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