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DATE=  10/31/97

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

NUMBER=2-221993

TITLE=RUSSIA / CHEMICAL WEAPONS (L)

BYLINE=MICHELE KELEMEN

DATELINE=MOSCOW

CONTENT=

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INTRO:  THE LOWER HOUSE OF RUSSIA'S PARLIAMENT, THE DUMA, HAS 

RATIFIED A GLOBAL BAN ON CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN A SURPRISING SHOW OF

SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENT BORIS YELTSIN'S POSITION ON THE ISSUE.  

V-O-A CORRESPONDENT MICHELE KELEMEN REPORTS FROM MOSCOW.



TEXT:  THE DUMA HAD BEEN CONSIDERED THE MAIN OBSTACLE BLOCKING 

RUSSIA FROM JOINING THE AGREEMENT.  BUT LAWMAKERS FRIDAY VOTED 

288 TO 75 IN FAVOR OF THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS TREATY, WHICH WENT 

INTO EFFECT LAST APRIL.



THE ARMED FORCES CHIEF OF STAFF, ANATOLY KVASHNIN, TOLD MEMBERS 

OF PARLIAMENT THEY HAD  NO  TIME TO WASTE.



          ///  KVASHNIN ACT - RUSSIAN - FADE UNDER  ///



GENERAL KVASHNIN SAYS THAT WITHOUT DRAMATIZING THE SITUATION, WE 

CAN SAY THAT LITTLE TIME IS LEFT BEFORE THESE WEAPONS START 

LEAKING.  HE SAYS RUSSIA  CANNOT  KEEP ITS CHEMICAL WEAPONS SAFE 

INDEFINITELY.



FIRST DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER IGOR IVANOV SAID JOINING THE 

CONVENTION IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE RUSSIA WILL BE ABLE TO CHECK 

WHETHER OTHER COUNTRIES, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES, FULFILL 

PLEDGES TO GET RID OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS. 



SIGNATORIES HAVE TO DESTROY WEAPONS AND PRODUCTION FACILITIES 

DURING THE NEXT DECADE AND PROVIDE DETAILED REPORTS ABOUT THE 

EXPORT OF CHEMICALS USED TO MAKE SUCH WEAPONS.



IN RUSSIA, THERE STILL ARE CONCERNS ABOUT HOW MUCH IT WILL COST 

TO DISMANTLE THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS STOCKPILE.  RUSSIAN PRIME 

MINISTER VIKTOR CHERNOMYRDIN ASSURED PARLIAMENT THIS WEEK THE 

GOVERNMENT WILL PROVIDE MORE MONEY FOR THE PROJECT.  BUT RUSSIAN 

OFFICIALS HAVE MADE CLEAR THEY WILL RELY ON FOREIGN AID TO COVER 

MUCH OF THE COST.  (SIGNED)



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31-Oct-97 11:19 AM EST (1619 UTC)

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Source: Voice of America

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