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GCC8 PROTECTION OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS

U.S.-Russian Joint Commission on Economic and Technological Cooperation

JOINT STATEMENT ON INCLUDING THE INSTRUMENT RESEARCH INSTITUTE
(LYTKARINO) IN THE PROGRAM OF BILATERAL COOPERATION IN ACCOUNTING,
CONTROL, AND PHYSICAL PROTECTION OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS

In connection with the meeting of the Eighth Session of the
U.S.-Russian Joint Commission on Economic & Technological Cooperation
(the Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission), in Washington, D.C., on February
6-7, 1997, the United States Department of Energy and the Ministry of
Atomic Energy of the Russian Federation reaffirm their commitment to
cooperate to ensure the highest level of accounting, control, and
physical protection of nuclear materials (MPC&A) in accordance with
the declaration of the April 1996 Moscow Summit on Nuclear Security
Issues and also in accordance with the 2 September 1993 Agreement on
Accounting, Control, and Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials.

The U.S. and Russian sides noted the progress that has been achieved
in this area and the fact that 15 MINATOM facilities are taking part
in MPC&A cooperation in accordance with decisions reached during the
previous sessions of the Commission. Also, 6 additional MINATOM
facilities are taking part in MPC&A projects within the framework of
laboratory-to-laboratory cooperation.

The Sides agree to include the Instrument Research Institute
(Lytkarino) in the program of bilateral cooperation in the area of
accounting, control and physical protection of nuclear materials in
1997.

Acting Secretary of Energy              Minister of Atomic Energy
of the United States of America         of the Russian Federation

Washington, D.C.
February 7, 1997