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RUSSIA * USA * SPACE THE USA RECEIVED RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT'S ASSURANCES THAT THE RUSSIAN PART OF THE WORK TO BUILD AN INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION WILL BE FINANCED IN FULL, A HIGH-PLACED OFFICIAL OF THE ADMINISTRATION SAYS WASHINGTON, FEBRUARY 5. RIA NOVOSTI CORRESPONDENTS ARKADY ORLOV AND ALEXANDER SHISHLO -

The USA has received assurances from Viktor Chernomyrdin that the Russian part of the work to build an international space station will be financed in full, a high-placed official of the US Administration told newsmen in Washington. He also said that a new, specified schedule of the assembly of the station in orbit may be one of the documents which may be signed on the basis of the results of the meeting of the Gore-Chernomyrdin commission which is beginning tomorrow. Alongside with Russia and the USA, France, Germany, Canada, Hungary and Japan are also participating in the project, and the compliance with the schedule of the building of the Russian modules of the station is of great importance for the fulfilment of the entire complex of works. As the representative of the US Administration said, the delays in financing the project in Russia already resulted in some violations of the schedule, and the forthcoming session of the Gore-Chernomyrdin commission must clear up this issue.

Speaking about the contents of the conversations between Viktor Chernomyrdin and US Vice-President Albert Gore, the representative of the Administration emphasized that their most important element will be an "inventory" of the questions which will be later submitted for discussion at the meeting of Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin. It is possible that the time and place of the Presidents' summit will be made public at the end of this week. The Russian Premier and the US Vice-President will certainly consider also the problem of NATO's expansion and a possibility of concluding a separate agreement between NATO and Russia, the prospects for ratification of the START-2 Treaty by the State Duma, and also a wide range of questions of bilateral economic cooperation, the representative of the US Administration said. -0-