May 28, 1996
Secretary of Defense
William Perry will leave Washington Sunday, June 2 to visit Ukraine, Germany;
and Portugal. He will return to Washington on Thursday, June 6.
On June 3, Perry
will visit L'viv, Ukraine where he will attend the opening ceremonies
of Peace Shield ‘96, the Ukraine- hosted multilateral peacekeeping exercise
conducted in the spirit of the Partnership for Peace. About 150 troops
of the Germany- based U.S. 1st Infantry Division will participate in
the exercise along with 700 Ukrainian soldiers and troops from other
East and Central European countries, including Russia, Poland, Czech
Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Moldova, Slovakia, and Romania. Secretary
Perry also will engage in discussions on bilateral military to military
relations and security issues with senior officials from the participating
June 4, Perry and Ukrainian Defense Minister Valerie Shmarov will travel
to Pervomaysk, Ukraine to visit the site of the missile silo that they
jointly destroyed in January of this year. While at the site, Perry
and Shmarov will sign two amendments that will increase existing Cooperative
Threat Reduction implementing agreements by up to $43.1 million.
They also will visit a housing site built with U.S.-provided Nunn-Lugar
Cooperative Threat Reduction Funds and a former warhead storage
In Germany, Perry
will speak to the graduating class of the College of Strategic Studies
and Defense Economics at the George C. Marshall European Center for
Security Studies in Garmisch. Perry's appearance at the Marshall Center
follows through on his pledge to meet each new class in residence.
Perry will arrive
in Lisbon, Portugal, the afternoon of June 5, where he will meet with
senior government and military officials to discuss bilateral military-to-military
and regional security issues.
On June 6, Perry
will visit U.S. Air Force personnel and facilities at Lajes Field, Azores,
as well as meet with local government officials.