News

04 November 1997

TEXT: UNITED STATES ACQUIRES AIRCRAFT FROM MOLDOVA

(Part of Cooperative Threat Reduction Program) (360)



Washington -- The Department of Defense announced November 4 that, as
part of the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, the United States
would acquire 21 MiG-29 fighter planes from the Government of Moldova.


"This is a joint effort by both Governments to ensure that these
dual-use military weapons do not fall into the hands of rogue states,"
the statement said.


Following is the text of the Defense Department statement:



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No. 592-97

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 4, 1997



UNITED STATES ACQUIRES AIRCRAFT FROM MOLDOVA



The Department of Defense of the United States of America and the
Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Moldova recently reached an
agreement to implement the Cooperative Threat Reduction accord signed
on June 23, 1997, in Moldova. This agreement authorized the United
States Government to purchase nuclear-capable MiG-29 fighter planes
from the Government of Moldova. This is a joint effort by both
Governments to ensure that these dual-use military weapons do not fall
into the hands of rogue states.


The June accord is one of several agreements signed by the United
States government and governments of the Newly Independent States to
establish cooperative measures against the proliferation of weapons of
mass destruction and technology, materials, and expertise related to
such weapons, which remained after the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact.


This step will contribute to the establishment of an enhanced climate
of trust in the relations between the Republic of Moldova and the
United States, and will be a positive example in the development of
the principles of the Partnership for Peace Program.


The Cooperative Threat Reduction Act of 1993 and subsequent
legislation provide broad authority for the Department of Defense to
facilitate the elimination of former Soviet weapons. The June accord
is one of several agreements signed by the U.S. government and
governments of newly independent states to establish cooperative
measures against the proliferation of nuclear, biological and chemical
weapons and the associated delivery vehicles, technology, materials,
and expertise which remained after the breakup of the Soviet Union.


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