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Within the framework of the project “The Future of Global Partnership Program and Russia-US Cooperation in Nuclear Security” PIR Center established a Working Group that analyzes the prospects for Russian participation in international cooperation in ...

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End of Nunn-Lugar program

18.06.2013

MOSCOW, JUNE 18, 2013. PIR PRESS – “It would be foolish to eliminate those good initiatives in co-operation that were established during 20 years. Especially since they are equally useful for Russia and the United States. Saving the program, albeit on a smaller format, Russia and the United States are sending a signal that, although the relationships were still cool, they are not going to dissipate on strategic issues,” - Vladimir Orlov, the PIR Center President.

On June 14, 2013 the United States and the Russian Federation signed a new bilateral framework on threat reduction that reinforces US-Russian longstanding partnership on nonproliferation.  This new framework builds upon the success of the 1992 Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Concerning the Safe and Secure Transportation, Storage and Destruction of Weapons and Prevention of Weapons Proliferation, commonly known as the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Umbrella Agreement that expired on June 17, 2013.

Joint U.S. and Russian nuclear security activities will be conducted under 2003 Framework Agreement on a Multilateral Nuclear Enviromental Programme in the Russian Federation (MNEPR) and a related bilateral Protocol.  This new bilateral framework authorizes the United States and the Russian Federation to work in several areas of nonproliferation collaboration, including protecting, controlling, and accounting for nuclear materials. The analysis of this MNEPR agreement (in Russian) is available at PIR Center website.

“It would be foolish to eliminate those good initiatives in co-operation that were established during 20 years. Especially since they are equally useful for Russia and the United States. Saving the program, albeit on a smaller format, Russia and the United States are sending a signal that, although the relationships were still cool, they are not going to dissipate on strategic issues,” said the PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov in his comments to Kommersant daily newspaper.

PIR Center follows developments of US-Russian cooperation in the field of nonproliferation and nuclear security within the framework of its project “The Future of Global Partnership Program and Russia-US Cooperation in Nuclear Security”. Within the framework of the project PIR Center prepared a “Study on the outlook for bilateral US-Russian and multilateral cooperation in nonproliferation and nuclear security as well as on development of Global Partnership against the spared of weapons and materials of mass destruction”. The representatives of G8 countries have been briefed on the main provisions of the report before the G8 summit in Northern Ireland.

The report also describes the issues of international cooperation on settlement of nonproliferation and nuclear security problems in the third countries – in CIS, in the Middle East and in South-East Asia.

On this issue Vladimir Orlov, PIR Center President, and Alexander Cheban, PIR Center Research Fellow published an article called “Life after Death. Would New Partnership Substitute the Nunn-Lugar Program?” (in Russian) in the issue №2, March-April 2013 of Russia in Global Affairs journal. The article is devoted to the issues of US-Russian cooperation in the field of nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and nuclear security.

Further PIR Center plans include discussion of the report during the meetings of Working Group on prospects of Russian participation in international cooperation in the sphere of WMD nonproliferation and nuclear security. The second Working Group meeting will take place on June 19, 2013 in Moscow.

For questions on the project “The Future of the Global Partnership Program and Russia-US Cooperation in Nuclear Security” please contact "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation" Program Coordinator Alexander Kolbin, tel.: +7 (495) 987-19-15, fax: +7 (495) 987-19-14, email: kolbin at pircenter.org

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