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November 2000 - Russia Special Weapons News

  • Sergei Ivanov Ranks Security Threats, RFE/RL Security Watch, Vol. 1, No. 17, 13 November 2000 -- Russian Security Council Secretary Sergei Ivanov ranked the threats to Russia as being "the expansion of NATO eastwards, international terrorism and the concept of humanitarian interventions, which, he said, "derives from a world view which ignores the opinions of others."
  • State Dept. Noon Briefing - Russian NMD Policy, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 13 November 2000 -- Q: I wondered if you had any response to the comments out of Moscow by General Yakovlev suggesting a new flexibility on NMD.
  • Russia / Kursk Letter, Voice of America, 10 November 2000 -- The mission to recover the remains of crewmen who died aboard the sunken nuclear submarine "Kursk" has uncovered a log book and two notes written by Russian submariners - notes that have helped revive public criticism over the military's slow response to the August 12th disaster.
  • Klebanov Says Divers Found Sub's Log Book, RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 4, No. 219, Part I, 10 November 2000 -- Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov, who heads the government commission investigating the causes of the sinking of the "Kursk" nuclear submarine, said officials are studying the vessel's log book that divers found in the fourth compartment while seeking to recover bodies of the crew
  • Klebanov Says New Evidence Supports 'Kursk' Collision Theory...As Second Note Found On Submariner's Body, RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 4, No. 218, Part I, 9 November 2000 -- Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov, who heads the government commission investigating the causes of the sinking of the "Kursk" nuclear submarine, told journalists on 8 November that pictures taken of the vessel during the recent recovery operation support the theory that the "Kursk" collided with another vessel.
  • Space Station update, Voice of America, 09 November 2000 -- U-S space agency officials say the U-S and Russian international space station crew has set up most life support systems in their first week in orbit, making the outpost more livable.
  • Russia / Military, Voice of America, 09 November 2000 -- Russia's influential Security Council is proposing to end years of military reform debate by slashing 600-thousand positions from the country's three-million-member armed forces during the next five years.
  • Russia / U-S Elections, Voice of America, 08 November 2000 -- Russians, along with the rest of the world, are waiting to hear who will be the next United States president.
  • Russia / Kursk, Voice of America, 07 November 2000 -- The Russian Navy has halted recovery operations on the sunken nuclear submarine, the Kursk.
  • Divers Enter Sunken Sub's Fourth Compartment...As Navy Commander Sticks To Foreign Sub Theory, RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 4, No. 215, Part I, 6 November 2000 -- Vladimir Kuroedov told Interfax on 3 November he is "certain" that the "Kursk" disaster was caused by a collision with a foreign submarine.
  • Russia Increase Share of World Arms Trade, RFE/RL Security Watch, Vol. 1, No. 16, 6 November 2000 -- Russia increased its share of the world arms trade from 4.4 percent in 1998 to 6.6 percent in 1999, "Nezavisimoe voennoe obozrenie" reported on 27 October, but it still is in fourth place behind the U.S., the U.K., and France.
  • Russia Aid Assessment, Voice of America, 06 November 2000 -- A U-S government agency, the General Accounting Office, has issued (November 3) an extensive and generally critical review of ten years of multi-lateral assistance to help Russia build a market economy.
  • Chinese, Russian PMs Sign Joint Communique, People's Daily, 03 November 2000 -- Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji and Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov signed a joint communique at the fifth regular meeting between the prime ministers of both countries in Beijing Friday.
  • Divers Begin Work On Entering Sub's Fourth Compartment, RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 4, No. 214, Part I, 3 November 2000 -- Russian Navy Commander Vladimir Kuroedov on 2 November halted work on the third compartment of the sunken "Kursk" nuclear submarine, deeming it too dangerous for divers to enter, Interfax reported.
  • Space Station, Voice of America, 03 November 2000 -- The new crew of the international space station faces a light work day Saturday after two busy days beginning to set up the outpost for permanent occupation.
  • Divers Complete Cutting Hole Into 'Kursk' Third Compartment, RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 4, No. 213, Part I, 2 November 2000 -- Russian and Norwegian divers have finished cutting a hole into the third compartment of the "Kursk" nuclear submarine, which sank during maneuvers in the Barents Sea in August, a Northern Fleet spokesman told Russian Television on 2 November.
  • Station Docking Alt., Voice of America, 02 November 2000 -- The first residents of the international space station have arrived at their new home.



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