Russia says no to US-funded disarmament effort

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Russia says that it has no intention to extend a 20-year-old deal with the United States that has helped secure Soviet nuclear stockpiles.

Under the 1992 program initiated by Sens. Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar, the U.S. has provided billions of dollars in equipment and know-how to help Russia and its ex-Soviet neighbors deal with Soviet nuclear legacy. The program provided reinforced rail cars to carry nuclear warheads, high-tech security systems for storage sites and helped pay for the dismantling of mothballed nuclear submarines and other weapons.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that it doesn't want to extend the deal that expires in 2013. The move follows Moscow's decision last month to end the U.S. Agency for International Development's two decades of work in Russia.

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