MOSCOW - The head of the Russian General Staff, Nikolai Makarov, and the head of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Michael Mullen, on Friday signed a memorandum on anti-terror cooperation, according to local media.
During their meeting in St. Petersburg, the two military officials discussed the situations in Northern Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Korean Peninsula.
"We achieved understanding that the international reaction is needed to the processes which have been happening there", Makarov said, adding that he and Mullen have developed proposals concerning a common approach to the fight against terrorism and other issues.
Mullen replied that Russia and the United States must learn from the terror attacks in both countries and stressed the importance of information exchange and communications between the two countries.
Mullen also denied that a planned European anti-missile defense system would be targeted against Russia. He insisted that it would solely be used to defend Europe against potential attacks from countries such as Iran.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement earlier this week that Moscow wants legal guarantees from the United States that the future missile defense shield in Romania would not target Russia's strategic nuclear forces. (Xinhua)