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Sergei Ivanov informed Vladimir Putin about the October 26 meeting of the inter-agency commission on export control and WMD non-proliferation
Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov informed President Vladimir Putin on Monday about the October 26 meeting of the inter-agency commission on export control and WMD non-proliferation. “Four issues were discussed, each of which is related to national security,” the minister said. Those included “current WMD proliferation trends and related risks for our security and defence capabilities, the creation of internal export-oriented corporate controls, the empowerment of a single body to conduct an independent identification examination of dual-purpose equipment.” Ivanov believes that an independent examination will help to “bureaucratise the procedure because with such permission customs won‘t have to request information about equipment again”. “This will allow bona fide exporters to carry out export operations with smaller time losses,” he added. The fourth issue that was discussed by the commission was Russia’s participation in the PSI (Proliferation Security Initiative). Ivanov said Russian Black Sea Fleet ships will sail into the Mediterranean at the beginning of 2006 to join NATO ships for an PSI exercise. “The Russian side has not yet made the final decision on the financial and organisational aspects of its participation but it is already participating practically,” Ivanov said. He cited the upcoming manoeuvres in the Mediterranean and the creation of the BLACKSEAFOR in the Black Sea as an example. “The same work is under way in the Caspian,” the minister added. Ivanov said a meeting of the Caspian states on the creation of a force tentatively called CASFOR will be held at the Russian Foreign Ministry on November 14. The force will be modelled on the BLACKSEAFOR and will seek to eliminate the threat of WMD proliferation in the Caspian area. “Russia will act in accordance with international norms and U.N. rules” that provide, among other things, for escorting suspicious ships to the destination, Ivanov said.
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