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Within the framework of the project “The Future of Global Partnership Program and Russia-US Cooperation in Nuclear Security” PIR Center established a Working Group that analyzes the prospects for Russian participation in international cooperation in ...

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Nuclear Security after Nunn-Lugar Program

01.04.2013

MOSCOW, APRIL 1, 2013. PIR PRESS – “The Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Concerning the Safe and Reliable Transportation, Storage and Destruction of Weapons and the Prevention of Weapons Proliferation dated June 17, 1992 expires in June 2013. We must work out a new agreement and lay the tracks for the development of Russian-US cooperation in nuclear security and nonproliferation. At the moment, these tracks have not yet been laid, but the ties are already being put in place,” – Vladimir Kuchinov, Advisor to the Director General of Rosatom

On March 28, 2013, the Working Group under the PIR Center Advisory Board on the Prospects of Russian Participation in International Cooperation on Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security  held its first extended meeting. The following members of the Working Group were in attendance: Dauren Aben, Senior Research Fellow at Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies; Robert Berls, Senior Advisor at the Nuclear Threat Initiative; Evgeny Buzhinsky, PIR Center Senior Vice President; Vladimir Kuchinov, Advisor to the Director General of Rosatom; and Alexander Cheban, PIR Center Research Associate. Sergey Vorobev, Senior Manager of the International Programs Division at Rosatom, and Vladimir Orlov, PIR Center President, also gave presentations at the meeting.

Additionally, the following people provided observations and comments on the presentations: Viktor Murogov, Professor at the State Technical University of Atomic Energy; Alexander Panasyuk, Head Specialist on IAEA Safeguards at the International Uranium Enrichment Center; Sergei Yurchenko, Head Manager of the JSC Kazatomprom in Moscow; Boris Akakiev, Interim General Director of the JSC “V/O Isotope;” Nataliya Kalinina, PIR Center Executive Board Member; Boris Tulinov, Director of the Institute of International Relations at the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI; and other experts on WMD nonproliferation and nuclear security.

PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov opened the working group’s meeting with a presentation of the recommendations contained in the PIR Center’s report “20 Theses on International Cooperation Perspectives in WMD Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security.” The theses initiated a panel discussion and facilitated the development of new ideas and proposals.

In his presentation, Orlov said that, “The end of the Nunn-Lugar program begs the question of a new agreement, one which will lay new tracks for the development of Russian-American cooperation in WMD nonproliferation and nuclear security. Members of the working group should debate in where these tracks should lead and whether or not Russia even needs these rails.”

In response to Orlov’s comment, Advisor to the Director General of Rosatom and Working Group member Vladimir Kuchinov stated: “The Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Concerning the Safe and Reliable Transportation, Storage and Destruction of Weapons and the Prevention of Weapons Proliferation dated June 17, 1992 expires in June 2013. We must work out a new agreement and lay the tracks for the development of Russian-American cooperation in nuclear security and nonproliferation. At the moment, these tracks have not yet been laid, but the ties are already being put in place. This means that Russian and American negotiators will achieve a well-defined result, but there is a lot of work to be done before this can be achieved.”

According to Alexander Cheban, visiting research associate at the PIR Center, member and secretary of the working group, “Bilateral Russian-American cooperation in the nuclear field must be closely connected to multilateral mechanisms such as the Global Partnership Against the Proliferation of Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction, the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, and the Nuclear Security Summits. The US and Russia are both leaders in these fora, dictating equal bilateral coordination within multilateral cooperative efforts.”

You can find detailed information regarding the activity of the Working Group under the PIR Center Advisory Board on the Working Group on the Prospects for Russian Participation in International Cooperation in Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security in the Concept of PIR Center project “Prospects for Russian participation in international cooperation in the field of nonproliferation and nuclear security”. This concept is implemented within the framework of PIR Center project “The Future of «Global Partnership» Program and Russia-US Cooperation in Nuclear Security”.

For more information on the activity of Working Group on the Prospects for Russian Participation in Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security International Cooperation in the Conception, please contact PIR Center “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Coordinator Alexander Kolbin by phone +7 (495) 987-19-15, fax +7 (495) 987-19-14, or email kolbin at pircenter.org

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