WASHINGTON, August 11. /TASS/. Russia has shared with the United States information about two US Air Force pilots shot down during the war on the Korean Peninsula in 1950-1953, the chief of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Central Archive, Igor Permyakov, told TASS about the results of his working visit to the United States.
He took part in the latest round of technical negotiations under the commission’s auspices in Washington on August 8-10. The talks were conducted by one of the four working groups - for the war on the Korean Peninsula.
"We’d made some research and inquiries and handed over some information at the session on August 8. We shared information about the fate of two pilots who were shot down in combat over Korea and heard their questions," Permyakov said.
The US side presented a list of the names of its military servicemen listed as missing in action since the conflict in Korea.
"They asked us to work on it. We did not refuse. In any case, they looked satisfied with the information they’d received from us. They were glad to see we agreed to cooperate," Permyakov said.
"The list we’ve got from them is rather long - about 300-400 names. Possibly, more," he added.
The joint commission was created in 1992 as a means of bilateral cooperation in clearing up the fate of military servicemen who were killed in action or went missing during military conflicts. Its four working groups are in charge of World War II, the Korean war, the Cold War and Afghanistan and the Vietnam war. Russia’s Colonel-General Valery Vostrotin, and US General Robert Foglesong (both retired) are the commission’s co-chairs.