Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
April 2000 - Russia Special Weapons News
- SPACEHAB Business Update CNNFN - ENTREPRENEURS ONLY April 28, 2000 - JOHN PIKE, FEDERATION OF AMERICAN SCIENTISTS: I think the notion that we could put market incentives in place to try to capitalize on all the money we're spending on the space station to bring some exciting television into the homes of all the taxpayers who are paying for it is a really good idea.
- TV from Space CNNfn DIGITAL JAM April 25, 2000 - JOHN PIKE, FEDERATION OF AMERICAN SCIENTISTS: I think the notion that we could put market incentives in place to try to capitalize on all the money we're spending on the space station to bring some exciting television into the homes of all the taxpayers who are paying for it is a really good idea.
- Text: State Department Spokesman on Russia-Iran Missile Issues 24 April 2000 -- State Department Spokesman James Rubin said April 24 that the Russian government's decision to take action against an individual believed to have been involved in the transfer of sensitive missile technology to Iran "demonstrates Russia's commitment" to halting such transfers and "underscores the importance of continued U.S.-Russia cooperation."
- Statement of Chairman Spence on the Release of the Commission on National Security/21st Century Phase II Report, House Armed Services Committee, 19 April 2000 -- "The Commission identifies a number of concepts that I have long believed are critical to the future security of this country, including the importance a national missile defense, the recognition of the potential threat posed by an emerging China, and the necessity of a security strategy based on our national interests. "
- Russian Space Chief Outlines Funding Needs Moscow Interfax 12 April 2000 -- The 2000 budget earmarks 3.4 billion rubles to the space program. In addition, 1.5 billion in additional budget revenues are to be allocated for the continuation of the operations of Russia's orbiting Mir space station.
- RUSSIA WILL FURTHER PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL SPACE PROGRAMS - PUTIN Interfax Presidential Bulletin 12 April 2000 - "The rocket and space industry is not only a prestigious industrial branch which is making Russia a great power, but is also an industry which deals with the most daring and reasonable economic projects," Putin said.
- RUSSIA / SPACE Voice of America 12 April 2000 -- President-elect Vladimir Putin has cast doubt on Russia's commitment to the international space station, suggesting that the country's priority space project should be the MIR orbiter.
- RUSSIA: ROBINSON TOUR, PACE VOTE PUT SPOTLIGHT BACK ON CHECHNYA, HUMAN RIGHTS Issue Focus - Foreign Media Reaction 11 April 2000 -- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson's recent visit to the North Caucasus, and last week's vote by the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE)--Europe's human rights watchdog group--to recommend suspension of member state Russia, barring swift progress toward ending the Chechen war.
- RUSSIA/MIR Voice of America 06 April 2000 -- Russian space officials had been preparing to abandon MIR, but foreign investment has given the 14-year old station another chance.
- PUTIN'S PROSPECTS Voice of America 04 April 2000 -- Russia's new president-elect, Vladimir Putin, is not saying what he intends to do, other than strengthen the state and continue free-market policies.
- RUSSIA / MIR Voice of America 03 April 2000 -- Russia's president-elect Vladimir Putin has argued that Russian authorities should find a way to keep the aging station in orbit.
- RUSSIA ELECT / MEDIA Voice of America 03 April 2000 -- The conduct of Russia's media during the recent presidential election campaign has raised questions about just how free the country's press is.
- Russia Returns to Mir: Why? By Paul Hoversten space.com 03 April 2000 -- "It's a matter of national pride for Russia to keep it going" said Charles Vick, Federation of American Scientists.
- Russians will try to revive ailing Mir space station By SETH BORENSTEIN Knight Ridder Newspapers 04/02/00 -- "I don't think they have any idea how big a job it is going to be until they start," said John Pike, space policy director for the Federation of American Scientists, a Washington think tank. "Just like any home renovation or work on a jalopy, it generally turns out to be a bigger job than you hope."
- THE RUSSIAN ELECTION Voice of America 01 April 2000 -- Putin repeatedly says, we have to have a level playing field here in Russia for business. We have to have rule of law or that peculiar term he uses, a dictatorship of law, so that this is a safe place to invest.
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