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DATE=        DECEMBER 3, 1997

TYPE=        EDITORIAL

NUMBER=      0-07552

TITLE=       EDITORIAL: COLLINS ON U.S.-RUSSIAN RELATIONS



CONTENT=THIS IS THE ONLY EDITORIAL BEING RELEASED FOR BROADCAST 

DECEMBER 3, 1997.



ANNCR:

THE VOICE OF AMERICA PRESENTS DIFFERING POINTS OF VIEW ON A WIDE 

VARIETY OF ISSUES.  NEXT, AN EDITORIAL EXPRESSING THE POLICIES OF

THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT.



VOICE:



    AT HIS FIRST PRESS CONFERENCE WITH THE RUSSIAN MEDIA, JAMES 

COLLINS, THE NEW U.S. AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA, SAID "THE 

FUNDAMENTALS OF THE UNITED STATES-RUSSIA RELATIONSHIP ARE VERY 

SOUND."  THOSE RELATIONS ARE BASED ON A MUTUALLY SHARED 

COMMITMENT TO DEMOCRACY, A MARKET ECONOMY AND HUMAN RIGHTS.  AS 

NUCLEAR SUPERPOWERS, BOTH NATIONS ALSO SHARE A RESPONSIBILITY FOR

WORLD PEACE.  



    BOTH COUNTRIES HAVE BEEN COOPERATING TO DEVELOP A MORE SECURE

SYSTEM OF CONTROL OVER NUCLEAR WEAPONS.  A REDUCTION IN THE 

NUMBER OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS IS ALSO ESSENTIAL.  THE REDUCTIONS 

AGREED TO IN THE START TWO TREATY ARE IN BOTH AMERICA'S AND 

RUSSIA'S INTERESTS.  THE U.S. HOPES THAT RUSSIA WILL RATIFY THE 

TREATY SOON.



    THE U.S. IS ALSO SEEKING RUSSIA'S FULL INTEGRATION INTO THE 

COMMUNITY OF MARKET ECONOMIES.  BUT THERE IS CLEARLY A NEED FOR 

GREATER TRANSPARENCY, PREDICTABILITY AND STABILITY IN THE LEGAL 

FRAMEWORK UNDER WHICH RUSSIAN BUSINESSES OPERATE.  THE UNITED 

STATES URGES THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF 

CORRUPTION AT ALL LEVELS, AND TO LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF GOVERNMENT 

INVOLVEMENT IN THE ECONOMY AS ONE MEANS OF CONTROLLING 

CORRUPTION.  A FAIR AND EFFECTIVE TAX CODE IS ESSENTIAL TO THIS 

PROCESS.



    IN REGARD TO HUMAN RIGHTS, AMBASSADOR COLLINS SAID THAT THERE

HAS BEEN NO GREATER ACHIEVEMENT FOR RUSSIAN DEMOCRACY THAN THE 

FREEDOM OF WORSHIP THAT EMERGED FOLLOWING THE COLLAPSE OF THE 

SOVIET REGIME.  HE EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT RUSSIA'S NEW RELIGION 

LAW MAY BE IMPLEMENTED IN A WAY THAT DIMINISHES FREEDOM OF 

RELIGION.  AND THERE IS NO FREEDOM MORE FUNDAMENTAL THAN 

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.  THE U.S. WILL CERTAINLY SPEAK OUT IF THERE IS

RENEWED RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION IN RUSSIA.



    THE UNITED STATES HAS A HUGE STAKE IN RUSSIA'S FUTURE.  THAT 

IS WHY THE U.S. IS WORKING TO CREATE RELATIONSHIPS AND DEVISE 

INCENTIVES THAT WILL ENCOURAGE RUSSIA TO CONTINUE ITS DEMOCRATIC 

PROGRESS AND CREATE PROSPERITY FOR THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE.



ANNCR:



    THAT WAS AN EDITORIAL EXPRESSING THE POLICIES OF THE UNITED 

STATES GOVERNMENT.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE HEARD ON THIS ISSUE, 

PLEASE WRITE TO EDITORIALS, VOICE OF AMERICA, WASHINGTON, D-C, 

20547, U-S-A.  YOU MAY ALSO SEND US A FAX AT (202) 619-1043.  

YOUR COMMENTS MAY BE USED ON THE AIR.



02-Dec-97 2:23 PM EST (1923 UTC)

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