ON THE UPCOMING RUSSIAN-AMERICAN SUMMIT

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ON THE UPCOMING RUSSIAN-AMERICAN SUMMIT

Gazeta, October 22, 2001, p. 2

Question: What kind of weapons do you think it will be best for Russia to cut down?

Sergei Karaganov: If the issue has to do with treaties or parallel accords, i.e. more or less equal reductions, then it will benefit Russia. We will have to reduce our arms in any case, and the Americans will have to follow suit even though their military budget does not demand for it.

Question: How would you appraise the results of negotiations on the anti-ballistic missile defense system?

Sergei Karaganov: Well, George W. Bush has softened up. That much is clear. It leaves Moscow some room for maneuver.

THE KURSK REMAINS A POTENTIAL DANGER

Izvestia, October 23, 2001, p. 2

Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov left for Murmansk yesterday to examine the Kursk. Military specialists will also examine the submarine so as to determine the condition of the 22 Granit guided missiles. It is on the outcome of the examination that everything else will depend.

A SURVEY UPDATE ON THE DUMA

Izvestia, October 23, 2001, p. 4

40% Russians think it would have been better for the country not to have a Duma at all and its powers executed by other power structures. On the other hand, 41% of Russians think this would have affected the state of affairs in the country.

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