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POLITICS: Lawmakers Praise US - Russia Nuke Agreements

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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]

posted on Feb, 27 2005 @ 03:33 PM
There is a lot of mistrust of Putin in the national security analyst community, but I would say that the more dialogue and cooperation that we have with Russia the better. The optimism expressed from both sides of the aisle is also encouraging.

However, this development is not so encouraging:

[edit on 05/2/27 by GradyPhilpott]


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