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(The following press statement was released February 7, 1997, by the White House Office of the Vice President following the eighth meeting of the U.S.-Russian Joint Commission on Economic and Technical Cooperation, also known as the Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission.)

U.S.-Russian Joint Commission on Economic and Technological Cooperation


The U.S.-Russian Joint Commission on Economic and Technological Cooperation is co-chaired by U.S. Vice President Al Gore and Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin. The Commission provides a framework for promoting a partnership between the United States and Russia based on the principles enumerated in the Vancouver and Moscow Summit declarations. These include a shared commitment to democracy and human rights; a market economy and the rule of law; and international peace and stability. The Commission's work is an effort to realize concrete benefits from this partnership.

The decision to create the Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission was taken by Presidents Clinton and Yeltsin at the Vancouver Summit in April 1993. The Commission's original mandate was to enhance cooperation in the areas of space, energy, and high technology. Since then, the Commission has expanded its scope to include other areas of U.S.-Russian cooperation, such as business development, defense conversion, health, science, the environment, and agriculture. Its eight working Committees are chaired at the cabinet level.

The site of the Commission sessions alternates between Russia and the United States. The inaugural session occurred in Washington, D,C., in September 1993. The second session took place in Moscow in December 1993, the third session in Washington, D.C. in June 1994, the fourth session in Moscow in December 1994, the fifth session in Moscow in June 1995, the sixth session in Washington, D.C. in January 1996, and the seventh session in Moscow in July 1996. This eighth session has registered major progress in all areas of the Commission's work. Each Committee's achievements are noted in the attached press statements.