Memorandum: No. 227-M

Oct. 10, 1996


Secretary of Defense William J. Perry will leave Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 15 to visit Moscow, Russia.

Perry will be accompanied on his trip by Sens. Sam Nunn (D- Ga.) and Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.), the sponsors of the original legislation that funded the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program, and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn). Under this program, the U.S. provides assistance to Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Kazakstan to reduce nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction and prevent proliferation of weapons and fissile material.

While in Moscow, Perry will meet with senior government and military officials to discuss bilateral military-to-military relations and regional security issues. He will also deliver addresses to the State Duma and to the Military Academy of the General Staff.

Additionally, the Secretary and his traveling party will visit Severodvinsk, where CTR equipment is being used to eliminate nuclear submarines under START I.

Perry will return to Washington on Friday, October 18.