WASHINGTON, April 4 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Following is a fact
sheet on the weapons dismantlement (SSD) component of the U.S.
assistance package for Russia announced at the summit in
The Nunn-Lugar legislation, as amended, provides up to $800
million in DOD funds to assist in the safe and secure
transportation, storage and dismantlement of nuclear, chemical
and other weapons; and to establish safeguards against their
We have pledged at least $400 million in Nunn-Lugar assistance
for Russia. Previously, we signed an umbrella agreement that
provides the legal framework for the provision of assistance, and
7 implementing agreements providing up to $150 million in
assistance. These agreements provide for:
Armored blankets to enhance the safety and security of
weapons and fissile material during transport;
Safety and security enhancements for rail cars used in
transporting nuclear weapons and fissile material;
Emergency respons equipment to upgrade capabilities to
respond in case of a nuclear accident;
Transportation and storage containesr for fissile material
removed from dismantled nuclear weapons;
Assistance in the design of storage facility for fissile
Assistance in chemical weapons destruction; and
Establishment of a science center to employ former weapons
Last week, we concluded in Moscow three additional SSD
agreements which provide up to:
$130 million to assist in the elimination of strategic
nuclear delivery vehicles -- ballistic missiles, submarines, and
heavy bombers. This assistance will help to defray the costs to
Russia of carrying out reductions in these forces.
$75 million to procure construction and operating equipment
for a fissile material storage facility. These funds are
designed to permit Russian plans for warhead eliminations to
continue on schedule.
$10 million in assistance to help establish nationl and
facility-level systems for material control and accountability
and for physical protection of civil nuclear material. Such
systems will help to guard against the potential loss or
proliferation of nuclear material.
These agreements demonstrate the importance the Clinton
administration attaches to the SSD program as an integral part of
its broad policy of cooperation and partnership with Russia.