US, SOVIETS MAP SIBERIAN SERVICE

US, SOVIETS MAP SIBERIAN SERVICE

Efforts to establish air service and cruises between Alaska and Siberia are being discussed this week in Moscow.

Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, is due to meet with Soviet transport deputies to talk about an Alaska Airlines proposal to start excursion flights

from Nome, Alaska, to Provideniya in the Soviet Union, with the possibility of an inaugural flight as early as May 31. The Seattle-based airline wants to offer travelers visiting Anchorage a chance to take a quick trip to the Soviet Union.The senator said before his departure that some cruise lines also have expressed interest in the possibility of calling at a Siberian port.

Sen. Murkowski also has requested meetings to discuss oil and gas issues, and U.S. proposals to sell telecommunications services in Siberia.