September 26, 1997

JOINT AGREED STATEMENT

bbbbbbbFor the purposes of the Treaty Between the United States of American and the Russian Federation on Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Arms of January 3, 1993 (START II), and without prejudice to the Treaty Between the United States of American and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms of July 31, 1991, the Parties agree that Article III of START II shall be understood by both Parties as allowing reductions in the number of warheads attributed to Minuteman III ICBMSs to be carried out at any time before December 31, 2007




PRIMAKOV LETTER ON EARLY DEACTIVATION

26 September 1997

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Dear Madam Secretary

bbbbbbbOn behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation, in connection with the Treaty Between the Russian Federation and the United States of American and on Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Arms of January 3, 1993, herein refered to as the Treaty, I have the honor to propose that agreement be concluded between our Governments on deactivation of certain strategic nuclear delivery vehicles.

bbbbbbbUnder this agreement our Governments would agree that upon entry into force of the Treaty, the Russian Federation and the United States of America shall deactivate, by December 31, 2003, all strategic nuclear delivery vehicles which will be eliminated under the Treaty, by removing their reentry vehicles and taking other jointly agreed steps.

bbbbbbbImmeadiately upon entry into force of the Treaty, experts of the Parties will begin work simultaneously both on the understandings concerning methods of deactivation as well as parameters of an appropriate program of assistance of the United states of America in the implementation of the deactivation mentioned above. Practical steps to implement deactivation will be undertaken on the basis of these understandings.

bbbbbbbTaking into account the supreme national intrests of the country, the Russian Federation proceeds from the understanding that well in advance of the above deactivation deadline the START III Treaty will be achieved and enter into force.

bbbbbbbThis letter togeather with your response shall constitute agreement between the Governments of the Russian Federation and the United States of America, which shall enter into force on the date if entry into force of the Treaty and shall remain in force as long as the Treaty remains in force.

bbbbbbbPlease accept, Madam Secretary, the assurances of my highest consideration.

bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbY. Primakov

Her Excellency, Madeline K. Albright
bbbbbbbSecretary of State
bbbbbbbbbbbbbbThe United States of America, Washington







ALBRIGHT LETTER ON EARLY DEACTIVATION

26 September 1997

THE SECRETARY OF STATE
WASHINGTON

Dear Mr. Minister

bbbbbbbOn behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I have the honor to accept the proposal set forth in your letter of this date to conclude, in connection with the Treaty Between the United States of American and the Russian Federation on Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Arms of January 3, 1993, herein refered to as the Treaty, agreement between our Governments on deactivation of certain strategic nuclear delivery vehicles.

bbbbbbbUnder this agreement our Governments would agree that upon entry into force of the Treaty, the Russian Federation and the United States of America shall deactivate, by December 31, 2003, all strategic nuclear delivery vehicles which will be eliminated under the Treaty, by removing their reentry vehicles and taking other jointly agreed steps.

bbbbbbbImmeadiately upon entry into force of the Treaty, experts of the Parties will begin work simultaneously both on the understandings concerning methods of deactivation as well as parameters of an appropriate program of assistance of the United states of America in the implementation of the deactivation mentioned above. Practical steps to implement deactivation will be undertaken on the basis of these understandings.

bbbbbbbThe Government of the United States notes the statement of the Russian Federation position on the issue of START III entry into force.

bbbbbbbThis response togeather with your letter shall constitute agreement between Governments of the United States of America and the Russian Federation, which shall enter into force on the date if entry into force of the Treaty and shall remain in force as long as the Treaty remains in force.

bbbbbbbPlease accept, Madam Secretary, the assurances of my highest consideration.

bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbMadeline K. Albright

The Honorable Yevgeniy Maksimovich Primakov
bbbbbbbMinister of Foreign Affairs of
bbbbbbbbbbbbbbThe Russian Federation, New York