News

 

DATE=  9/28/97

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

NUMBER=2-220520

TITLE=U-S / RUSSIAN SCIENTISTS (L-ONLY)

BYLINE=MAXIM KNIAZKOV

DATELINE=WASHINGTON

CONTENT=

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INTRO:  THE U-S GOVERNMENT AND THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAVE 

JOINED IN A NEW INITIATIVE TO CLOSER CONNECT AMERICAN BUSINESSES 

WITH SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH CENTERS IN RUSSIA AND UKRAINE.  V-O-A'S 

MAXIM KNIAZKOV HAS MORE ON THE PROJECT, WHICH ALSO AIMS TO 

PREVENT WEAPONS PROLIFERATION.



TEXT:  THE PROGRAM IS CALLED -- TECH-CONNECT.  MANAGED BY THE U-S

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN COOPERATION WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT, IT 

IS MEANT TO BECOME A RELIABLE COMMUNICATION CHANNEL AMONG 

HIGH-TECH U-S COMPANIES AND THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITIES OF RUSSIA 

AND UKRAINE. 



PROJECT DIRECTOR GARY LITMAN SAYS THE PROGRAM IS PART OF AN 

ONGOING EFFORT TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF DEFENSE TECHNOLOGIES 

OUTSIDE THE FORMER SOVIET UNION. 



                     /// ACT-ONE LITMAN /// 



         THE NEW THING ABOUT THIS IS THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME THE 

         PRIVATE SECTOR IS GETTING SERIOUSLY INVOLVED.  AND OUR 

         JOB WOULD BE TO MAKE SURE U-S COMPANIES UNDERSTAND HOW 

         TO WORK WITH RUSSIA WEAPONS SCIENTISTS AND HAVE ACCESS 

         TO THEM. 



                        /// END ACT /// 



THE PROGRAM WAS BORN OUT OF WESTERN CONCERN THAT WITH THE END OF 

THE COLD WAR, FORMER SOVIET WEAPONS SCIENTISTS MAY BE TEMPTED TO 

SELL THEIR KNOWLEDGE TO DEVELOPING COUNTRIES.  PARTICULARLY TO 

SUCH ROGUE NATIONS AS IRAN, IRAQ, AND LIBYA -- WHICH ARE ACCUSED 

OF TRYING TO BUILD ARSENALS OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. 



TO KEEP THESE RESEARCHERS BUSY, WESTERN COUNTRIES HAVE SPENT 

ABOUT 190-MILLION DOLLARS TO FUND NEARLY 600 SCIENTIFIC PROJECTS 

IN RUSSIA AND UKRAINE.  THESE ALLOCATIONS BENEFIT MORE THAN 

17-THOUSAND FORMER SOVIET RESEARCHERS, WORKING IN SUCH FIELDS AS 

BIOTECHNOLOGY, TELECOMMUNICATIONS, AVIATION, AND SPACE 

EXPLORATION.  



NOW, SAYS MR. LITMAN, THE TIME HAS COME TO ESTABLISH A CLOSER 

LINK BETWEEN FORMER SOVIET SCIENTISTS AND U-S BUSINESSES, WHICH 

MAY BE INTERESTED IN THE PRODUCTS OF THEIR RESEARCH.  MR. LITMAN 

SAYS, THROUGH TECH-CONNECT, U-S COMPANIES WILL BE ABLE TO SEEK  

SERVICES FROM RUSSIAN OR UKRAINIAN RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS. 



                     /// ACT TWO LITMAN /// 



         AN AMERICAN COMPANY CAN EITHER WORK DIRECTLY WITH THE 

         SCIENTIST, WHO HAS NOW BEEN CLEARED BY THE GOVERNMENTS, 

         OR IT CAN WORK WITH THE SCIENTIST OR GROUP OF SCIENTISTS

         THROUGH OUR CENTERS IN MOSCOW OR KIEV, USING OUR STAFF 

         THERE. 



                        /// END ACT /// 



MR. LITMAN SAYS IN ESTABLISHING TECH-CONNECT, U-S OFFICIALS HAVE 

BEEN WORKING IN CLOSE COOPERATION WITH RUSSIAN AND UKRAINIAN 

GOVERNMENTS.  HE SAYS THE U-S CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAILED THE 

INITIATIVE AS BENEFICIAL TO BOTH THE FORMER SOVIET REPUBLICS AND 

THE U-S BUSINESS COMMUNITY.   (SIGNED) 



NEB/MAX/RAE 



28-Sep-97 1:21 PM EDT (1721 UTC)

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Source: Voice of America

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