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U.S., Russia Agree To Fight Nuclear Terrorism


http://gdb.rferl.org/6958A804-4857-4A74-8929-EC577BBB4274_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/6958A804-4857-4A74-8929-EC577BBB4274_mw800_mh600.jpg Putin attended a meeting of young people from the G8 countries in St. Petersburg on July 14 (ITAR-TASS) PRAGUE, July 15, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has agreed with U.S. President George W. Bush today on a global plan to combat the threat of nuclear terrorism.


Putin says the plan aims to keep track of potential terrorists, secure nuclear materials, and facilitate a joint response if terrorists obtain a nuclear weapon.


Speaking after talks with Bush in St. Petersburg ahead of the July 15-17 G8 summit, Putin said they have adopted a joint statement on the safe development of nuclear energy.


"We have managed to reach several agreements on the problems of the most importance in international and mutual agenda," Putin said. "We have approved a mutual declaration based on our parallel initiatives to secure development of nuclear energy."


Bush says Moscow and Washington will work together to try to convince North Korea and Iran not to build nuclear weapons.


Bush also says that a deal is close, but not yet concluded, on Russia's bid to join the World Trade Organization. Bush says negotiations on that issue will continue.


(with material from Reuters, AP, dpa, APF)

Other Russia

Human rights activists Sergei Kovalyov (right) and Lyudmila Alekseyeva at the Other Russia conference in Moscow on July 11 (epa)

STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES: Below is a translation of excerpts from the statement adopted by organizers of the Other Russia conference, which was held in Moscow on July 11-12. The conference brought together leading nongovernmental organizations and activists in an effort to show that Russian civil society continues to exist despite growing pressure from the Kremlin.

We are gathering because we are united by the most important thing -- our disagreement with the current course of the Kremlin and a growing alarm for the present and future of our motherland. We are gathering together, despite differences in our views about the past and the future of Russia. We are gathering together although we have differing conceptions of the paths our country must take toward freedom and development. Despite these differences, we are united by the following:
We, citizens of the Russian Federation, can achieve our stated goals only by observing, preserving, and demanding democratic principles of the organization of government and society; unshakeable human rights regardless of national, religious, or social status; respect for the views of others that do not contradict the Constitution of the Russian Federation; freedom of speech; honest political competition; and justice in the distribution of the national wealth, which is created by free people.
We oppose the transformation of Russia into a country ruled by bureaucratic whimsy; where the institutes of popular power and civil society are systematically destroyed; where the electoral process is completely controlled by the executive branch and, therefore, turned into a farce; and where the authorities demonstrate contempt for the interests of the majority of the population.

Signed:
Lyudmila Alekseyeva, Moscow Helsinki Group; Viktor Anpilov, Working Russia; Mikhail Delyagin, Institute of Problems of Globalization; Yury Dzhibladze, Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights; Andrei Illarionov, Institute of Economic Analysis; Garry Kasparov, United Civic Front; Mikhail Kasyanov, Popular Democratic Union; Eduard Limonov, National Bolshevik Party; Yelena Lukyanova, lawer; Vladimir Ryzhkov, Republican Party; Georgy Satarov, INDEM foundation.


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