U.S. Senator to inspect U.S.-funded decommissioning program in Russia

MOSCOW, August 25 (RIA Novosti) - U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) will visit Russia from August 26 to 28 to inspect progress of the U.S-funded Nunn-Lugar weapons decommissioning program, the U.S Embassy in Moscow said Wednesday.

During his visit, Lugar will meet several Russian officials and visit sites scheduled to receive financing through the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program for destroying nuclear weapons and materials.

Lugar, who chairs the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will leave Moscow for Kiev on August 28.

In October 1992, a law was passed in the U.S. through which programs were created aimed at supporting the free market and democratic reform in Russia and other CIS countries. As an amendment to this law, the Nunn-Lugar program for helping Russia to decommission its nuclear weapons and materials in accordance with Russia's obligations under international agreements was established.

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