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Russia Must Fully Fund Two Missile Warning Stations

Moscow Interfax 1801 GMT 3 Mar 97

KIEV, Mar 3 (Interfax-Ukraine)--Russia will have to finance two missile attack warning stations in Ukraine near Mukachevo, Transcarpathia, and near Sevastopol, Crimea, in full, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksandr Kuzmuk told a news conference in Kiev on Monday. These stations are now too expensive to maintain, he said. They are not needed by Ukraine because it is not a nuclear power and "they (the stations) are not used for different purposes," he said. As of early March, Russia owed $2.5 million for the use of the missile attack warning stations.

Under the bilateral accord on further use of the missile attack warning stations by Russia signed on February 28, Moscow will have to "decide on" the stations' funding before July 1, 1997, Kuzmuk said. Russia will have to cover all expenses on extending the resources of these stations starting from January 1, 1997, he said. The accord on further use of the missile attack warning stations by Russia was signed by the commander of the Russian missile and space defense forces, Gen. Viktor Smirnov, and the commander of the Ukrainian air defense forces, Gen. Oleksandr Stetsenko.

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