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Lugar Statement on Nunn-Lugar in Russia

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"I have seen recent press reports regarding Russian views on the continuation of Nunn-Lugar," U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar said today. "During my meetings with the Russian Foreign and Defense Ministries this past August--which were among the first held on the subject of the future of Nunn-Lugar in Russia--the Russian Government indicated a desire to make changes to the Nunn-Lugar Umbrella Agreement, as opposed to simply extending it. At no time did officials indicate that, at this stage of negotiation, they were intent on ending it, only amending it."

"Further, during my visit to the Missile Dismantlement and Elimination Facility (MDEF) at Surovatikha, near Nizhy Novgorod, where Nunn-Lugar works to destroy SS-19 and SS-18 missiles, Russian Federal Space Agency officials welcomed prospects for future work. There are several more missiles we could work on this year at the MDEF, all of them capable of carrying multiple warheads with hundreds of kilotons of nuclear yield.

Nunn-Lugar activities continued during August, the latest month of reporting, with the securing of six nuclear weapons train transport shipments and destroyed 153.2 metric tons of chemical weapons nerve agent.

The Nunn-Lugar scorecard now totals 7,610 strategic nuclear warheads deactivated, 902 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) destroyed, 498 ICBM silos eliminated, 191 ICBM mobile launchers destroyed, 155 bombers eliminated, 906 nuclear air-to-surface missiles (ASMs) destroyed, 492 SLBM launchers eliminated, 684 submarine launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) eliminated, 33 nuclear submarines capable of launching ballistic missiles destroyed, 194 nuclear test tunnels eliminated, 3192.3 metric tons of Russian and Albanian chemical weapons agent destroyed, 590 nuclear weapons transport train shipments secured, security at 24 nuclear weapons storage sites upgraded, 39 biological threat monitoring stations built and equipped.

Perhaps most importantly, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus are nuclear weapons free as a result of cooperative efforts under the Nunn-Lugar program. Those countries were the third, fourth and eighth largest nuclear weapons powers in the world.

In November 1991, Lugar (R-IN) and Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA) authored the Nunn-Lugar Act, which established the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program. This program has provided U.S. support and expertise to help the former Soviet Union safeguard and dismantle its enormous stockpiles of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, related materials, and delivery systems. In 2003, Congress adopted Senator Lugar's Nunn-Lugar Expansion Act, which authorized operations outside the former Soviet Union to address proliferation threats. In 2004, Nunn-Lugar funds were committed for the first time outside of the former Soviet Union to destroy chemical weapons in Albania.

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