posted on Feb, 25 2005 @ 04:51 AM
Agreements to keep nuclear materials and portable missiles out of the hands of terrorists between the US and Russia have been praised by US lawmakers.
Praise came from Senator John Kerry who was pleased with the action but believes much more must be done to keep weapons out of the hands of
terrorists. These agreements were made at a summit yesterday in Bratislava between Presidents George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin.
They include plans to upgrade security at Russian nuclear plants and weapons stockpiles, and to set up a program to prevent the diversion of nuclear
fuel. The countries also agreed on measures to curb the trafficking of portable shoulder-fired missile systems that can threaten aircraft.
U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate John Kerry said in a statement that he applauded the action, but that more will need to be done to
secure nuclear weapons and material in Russia and elsewhere around the world.
The agreements were also welcomed by Senator Richard Lugar, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who has been heavily involved in
efforts against weapons proliferation.
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It seems less to me an agreement between two countries to do all they can for weapons security, and more that the US is not happy with how Russia
handle the situation and demanding change, with Russia complying.
Could this be a subtle hint that the US believes that Russia intentionally/inadvertantly are arming terrorists who are a threat to them? Do they
still see Russia as a potential threat?
[edit on 25-2-2005 by John Nada]