BUSH: RUSSIA HONORS INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS IN THE SPHERE OF IMMIGRATION

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BUSH: RUSSIA HONORS INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS IN THE SPHERE OF IMMIGRATION

Izvestia (Moscow issue), August 12, 2003, p. 3

Russia honors international standards in the sphere of immigration, US President George W. Bush wrote to the Congress. Other CIS countries honoring the international standards include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Bush asked the US Congress to suspend the Jackson – Vanick amendment in dealing with these countries for another year. Turkmenistan is “an exception”, according to Bush.

The Jackson – Vanick amendment (adopted in 1974) relates trade and economic relations of the United States with republics of the former Soviet Union on the basis of their policies in the sphere of immigration.

PUTIN RECEIVED CHIEF OF THE GENERAL STAFF ANATOLY KVASHNIN

Izvestia (Moscow issue), August 12, 2003, p. 5

Chief of the General Staff Anatoly Kvashnin updated the president on combat and mobilization readiness and state of combat training on the Pacific Fleet, Volga-Urals Military District, and Siberian Military District. Units, some of them quartered in what Kvashnin called “problematic areas” had been inspected. A group of senior officers under Kvashnin had visited a missile carrier that made a sortie and performed well.

RUSSIAN AIR BASE IN KANT WILL BE OPENED IN OCTOBER

Izvestia (Moscow issue), August 12, 2003, p. 5

Defense ministries of Kyrgyzstan and Russia agreed on the status and terms of the Russian air base in Kant. Defense Minister Esen Topoyev was authorized by the government of Kyrgyzstan to sign the draft agreement on the base that is to be officially opened in October.

The Russian aircraft to be posted to Kyrgyzstan will support the Fast Response Collective Forces in Central Asia. Twelve aircraft (SU-25 ground-strafers and SU-27 fighters) and maintenance units are to be based in Kyrgyzstan.

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