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Push to guard arms in Russia at risk

In 2002, the United States and other leading industrial nations announced ”a global partnership against the spread of weapons and materials of mass destruction” and with it, an unprecedented $20 billion pledge to help Russia prevent its nuclear, chemical, and biological materials from falling into the hands of terrorists. Two years later, tons of lethal Russian stockpiles remain as vulnerable as ever, and the global partnership is in danger of collapse, Russian and Western weapons specialists warn. Only a fraction of the funding pledged by the Group of Eight nations in June 2002 has materialized, the specialists said over the weekend. Much of the money has been held up by legal disputes, bureaucratic hang-ups, Russia’s reluctance to allow access to sensitive sites, and public resistance in Russia to cooperation with the United States and the West. Full Story

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