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What does Russia need Global Partnership for?

22.11.2012

9646_350_175.jpgMOSCOW, NOVEMBER 22, 2012. PIR PRESS – “Despite reduction of the financial aid received in the framework of Global Partnership Russian involvement in the program and the interest in participation remain high. Russia gradually starts join the realization of various projects in the third countries. Even though it is not ready to deliver large financial aid, the volume of expert assistance is significant. Russian specialists who gathered great experience in disposal of the WMD are able to present vital help in implementation of respective projects in other countries” – Alexander Cheban, Security Index journal representative in Odessa.

G8 program “Global Partnership against the proliferation of weapon and materials of mass destruction” was launched at the summit in Kananaskis, Canada in June 2002. In the framework of the program, a number of projects conducted with the aim to tackle and reduce risks of WMD proliferation on territory of the Former Soviet Union states were implemented and this goal was basically reached. At the G8 summit in Deauville a decision was taken to extend the program for the next decade until 2022 with special emphasis on Caucasus, Central and South-East Asia, as well as Middle East, Africa and South America.

ESS-nuclear-dismantlement-subs-web.png.jIn the article “International Mechanisms to Counter Nuclear Proliferation and Russian interests: examples of global cooperation and ISTC” (in Russian)  written for the Security Index journal № 3-4 (102-103) Fall/Winter 2012  Alexander Cheban journal representative in Odessa evaluates results of the 10 years program’s cooperation. He asks, “To what extent formats of the global partnership within the Global Partnership or International Science and Technology Center might be relevant and interesting for modern Russia?” According to his opinion, “Despite reduction of the financial aid received in the framework of Global Partnership Russian involvement in the program and the interest in participation remain high. Russia gradually starts join the realization of various projects in the third countries. Even though it is not ready to deliver large financial aid, the volume of expert assistance is significant. Russian specialists who gathered great experience in disposal of the WMD are able to present vital help in implementation of respective projects in other countries”

The article of Alexander Cheban was prepared as a part of the PIR Center project "The Future of Global Partnership: multilateral and bilateral cooperation in the field of nuclear safety and non-proliferation." On April 19, 2012, PIR Center carried out an international seminar on "Lessons and prospects for multilateral cooperation in the field of nuclear safety and non-proliferation" which brought together over 60 participants from 17 countries.

For more information regarding the topic of Global Partnership please contact “Nuclear nonproliferation and Russia” Program coordinator Alexander Kolbin by phone: +7-495- 987-19-15 Fax: +7-495-987-19-14 e-mail: [email protected] 

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