The visit of U.S. President George W. Bush to Russia is scheduled for the middle of 2002, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov reported. Ivanov took part in the meeting between the Russian President and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. According to the minister, to reach a conclusion of "the legally registered document on a radical reduction of strategic offensive weapons would be a politically correct move" by that time. At the same time, Ivanov stressed that the document should be "fully transparent."
For the time being, one needs to finish the construction of the section that is 100 kilometres long. On October 17, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview with RND that the project would be completed