ARLINGTON, Va — U.S. and Russian delegates completed the latest Plenum of the United States – Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs (USRJC) on November 9, in Moscow, Russia.
The USRJC was established in 1992 as an agreement between President George H.W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin to determine the fates of Americans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War, who are believed to be missing on the territory of the former Soviet Union, or about whom the Russians may have information. The second goal of the Commission was to determine the fates of Russian servicemen who are still missing from various conflicts, including the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, from 1979-1989.
This is the second USRJC plenum to be held since the sessions resumed in 2016 after an 11-year hiatus. During the three-day session, which was the 21st iteration of the gathering, participants discussed continued U.S.-Russia cooperation as both sides work to account for their respective nation’s service members missing from past conflicts. Participants also conducted a wreath-laying ceremony at a Russian national cemetery.