October 3, 2000
H.R. 4022 - Russian Anti-Ship Missile Nonproliferation Act of 2000
The Administration opposes H.R. 4022, which would prohibit any rescheduling
of Russian debt owed to the United States unless the President certifies
that Russia has terminated all transfers of Moskit anti-ship missiles,
particularly to China, or the President waives the prohibition because of
national security interests. The Administration shares Congress' concerns
about missile proliferation, but does not believe that H.R. 4022 would be
effective in accomplishing its aim of dissuading Russian arms sales to
China, and is concerned that the bill would be inconsistent with other U.S.
goals toward Russia.
(Rohrabacher (R) California and 24 cosponsors)
The security of the American people is the first priority in our
relationship with Russia. The Administration closely monitors Russian arms
sales, as well as China's military development, as part of its continuing
review of regional stability in the area.
A stable, democratic Russia with a successful market economy will
contribute to U.S. national security in many important ways, including
reducing the risk of weapons proliferation. Russia's economic stability
can best be advanced through a reasonable and considered approach to
dealing with Russia's indebtedness.