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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 4, 1993

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 Vancouver:

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 proliferation.

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:

Last week, we concluded in Moscow three additional SSD agreements which provide up to:

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.