Italy Agrees With Russia on Chemical, Nuclear Demilitarization Deals

A state visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Rome this week was expected to spur the completion of two agreements, one to cooperate on the destruction of Moscow’s chemical weapons stockpile and the second to scrap Russian nuclear submarines, ITAR-Tass reported Tuesday (see GSN, Oct. 21; ITAR-Tass, Nov. 4).

Italy will provide Moscow with more than $400 million to accelerate programs for the dismantling of nuclear submarines and the storage of nuclear fuel, according to Russian Deputy Atomic Energy Minister Sergei Antipov. The funding, which will be used under the Global Partnership program, will also be used to safely transport radioactive material from northwest Russia for reprocessing in other areas of the country (Gherman Solomatin, ITAR-Tass, Nov. 5).

November 6, 2003
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A state visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Rome this week was expected to spur the completion of two agreements, one to cooperate on the destruction of Moscow’s chemical weapons stockpile and the second to scrap Russian nuclear submarines, ITAR-Tass reported Tuesday (see GSN, Oct. 21; ITAR-Tass, Nov. 4).