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Russian Federation

Direct Assistance

Type(s)of Assistance:
CIS and Eurasian Economic Community
Export Controls

The Russian Federation is ready to provide assistance in response to requests from States that lack the legal and regulatory infrastructure, the experience and/or the resources for fulfilling the said provisions.

The Russian Federation is also actively working on the problems of nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery in the framework of inter-State organizations established in the area of the former Soviet Union — the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Eurasian Economic Community. In the CIS, those efforts are based on the Agreement of 1992 on the coordination of work on the export control of raw materials, materiel, equipment, technologies and services which may be used for the production of weapons of mass destruction and missiles for their delivery. In the Eurasian Economic Community, the Agreement on a Single System for Export Control by Member States was signed in October 2003; in September 2004, on the basis of that Agreement, model control lists and general requirements for the implementation of export control were adopted.

Letter from Russian Federation dated 29 May 2009 on Armenia’s assistance request:

The Russian Federation, as a sponsor of Security Council resolution 1540 (2004), takes an active part in its implementation, including in the area of providing assistance to those countries that are not in a position to ensure the implementation of that resolution through their own resources. We provide assistance on a regular basis to countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in upgrading national export control systems. For us, this area remains a priority.

The Russian Federation intends to participate in the projects to enhance the safety of the Armenian nuclear power station within the framework of the IAEA technical cooperation programme for 2009-2011. For this purpose, the Russian Federation has allocated 240 million rubles to the Agency's extrabudgetary fund.

We have the regulatory and technical documents on organizing the monitoring and supervision of the implementation of the appropriate effective measures for the physical protection of nuclear material as well as the measures to ensure the safety and security of radioactive sources recommended in the IAEA code of conduct. These documents can be provided to the Armenian side, if it is interested, within the framework of the provision of assistance to Yerevan through the aforementioned fund.

With regard to the training of personnel, this work is carried out by the Russian side through IAEA regional training courses (in the city of Obninsk), where 21 specialists from Armenia were trained.

The Russian side is also prepared to provide assistance to Yerevan in completing the necessary legal basis for carrying out the provisions of CWC and BTWC if these questions are of relevance for the Armenian side.


Assistance through International Organizations

The Russian Federation provides financial support to IAEA. Its voluntary contributions to the IAEA Technical Assistance and Cooperation Fund totaled $850,000 in 2003.

Points of Contact

Such requests may be addressed to the Permanent Missions of the Russian Federation to the United Nations in New York and Vienna, the embassies of the Russian Federation or to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Russia is also prepared to consider such requests if they are submitted to the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1540 (2004).