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Russian military leaders have expressed concern about US plans
for a national missile defense system. Will defense technology be
limited by possibilities for a strategic imbalance? Is this just SDI
all over again?
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- 02:53am Mar 31, 2001 EST (#1812
Russia for cooperation with US on nuclear security
MOSCOW: Russia on Friday urged greater cooperation with the
United States in reducing nuclear proliferation, in a veiled
response to Washington's reassessment of aid programs helping Russia
secure its nuclear weapons.
U.S. President George W. Bush's announcement Thursday that his
administration is reviewing the programs prompted fears among U.S.
lawmakers of cuts in the popular programs. Bush insisted that the
move does not mean a deepening of tensions between Washington and
Moscow, which have been fueled in the past week over a tit-for-tat
Asked Friday about the U.S. announcement, Russian Foreign
Ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko did not directly address the
possible aid cuts.
"We took note of the statement of President Bush confirming the
intent of his administration to continue and develop cooperation
with Russia in reducing nuclear dangers," Yakovenko said.
"The Russian side is ready for such cooperation, which should
form the basis for all further deep cuts in strategic offensive
weapons," he said. "We expect the soonest start to Russian-American
talks on a whole complex of nuclear security issues."
Bush said it is in U.S. interests to work with Russia to
dismantle its nuclear arsenal but that Washington must ensure that
the money is being spent properly.
The United States spends more than dlrs 1 billion a year on the
programs, designed to help Russia secure its vast nuclear weapons
arsenal and ensure that underpaid nuclear scientists are not lured
to work for antagonistic states or terrorists. (AP)
- 02:56am Mar 31, 2001 EST (#1813
Showalter this reads as if there is an AUDIT on expenditure ....
!? Or is it mere 'politician speak' to voters, lulling them into a
belief that auditing happens through all government departments.
On Slobo: it seems he was pushing drugs via officials selling
them to finance both his bank accunt and aspects of the war --- it
will be interesting to see this unfold --- not so good for those who
have become drug addicts and had their worlds turned upside down!
- 03:00am Mar 31, 2001 EST (#1814
Russia wants quick admission into the World Trade Organization to
win better conditions for its exports but will firmly defend its
interests during admission talks, Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov
said on Friday.
"We consider admission into the WTO as a part of modernization of
our economy and social sphere," Kasyanov said at an international
conference on Russia's bid for membership in the global trade club.
But, he added, "Russia can't accept increasing demands during the
The one-day conference was organized by the European Union, which
wants Russia to join the WTO and has urged it to act more quickly in
adopting globally accepted trade rules.
Russia has been pushing for membership in the organization since
1995, but so far has failed to open up its markets and bring
legislation in line with WTO norms.
WTO director Mike Moore Friday that the admission talks
intensified last year, but warned that Russia still has a long way
to go before its laws will be ready for membership.
Many Western officials argue that Russia still hardly deserves to
be called a market economy - the key condition for admission into
the 140-nation WTO, which sets rules for international trade. They
point at heavy-handed government interference into the economy and
state subsidies that mean prices for Russia's exports, such as
steel, are often below world market levels.
Kasyanov dismissed those charges and said Russia has lost more
than dlrs 2.5 billion from what he described as unfair anti-dumping
moves by Western countries.
"Russia wants to join the WTO not for the sake of membership, but
in order to protect its exports from discrimination," Kasyanov said,
according to the ITAR-Tass news agency.
Russia's Economic Development Minister German Gref said that
Russia hopes to complete admission talks early next year. He cited
expert estimates saying that Russia may gain up to dlrs 18 billion
from WTO membership over the next few years thanks, in particular,
to the lifting of anti-dumping measures.
Kasyanov said Russia would oppose any excessive admission demands
that would surpass standard WTO requirements.
At the same time, Kasyanov added, Russia needs a five- to
seven-year grace period to restructure certain industries after it
joins the group.
One key barrier to Russian membership is the high import tariffs
intended to protect domestic producers. Kasyanov said the Russian
public is coming to understand the need to lower the tariffs.
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