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Putin - The West Limitations On Russia Access To Hi Tech Are Outdated

01.01.70

Speaking, on Friday evening, at a meeting with the heads of several leading news agencies from G8 countries, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, called the West to annul its outdated COCOM imitations on Russias access to advanced technologies. Alexander Babakov, leader of the Rodina party, later reiterated President Putins call, saying this would be an important trust-building step, which would strengthen and deepen economic cooperation between Russia and Western countries. The Soviet Union does no longer exist and the Cold War long over, stated Vladimir Putin, on his Fridays evening meeting with various news agencies heads, but still some of CoCom outdated lists are still in effect in relation to Russia, thus limiting the Russian economy from access to various high technologies.
If the West wants its companies to be admitted to Russias strategic economic sectors, continued President Putin it must accommodate Russia on this and annul the imitations on Russias access to advanced technologies. 'We need to look for solutions that will increase the level of trust and will influence stable cooperation for decades ahead', concluded President Putin. Alexander Babakov, leader of the Rodina (Motherland) party, reiterated President Putins statements, noting that the void of these limitations would strengthen the economic cooperation between Russia and the West, and would serve as an important trust-building measure for enhanced future cooperation. CoCom (the Coordinating Committee for Multilateral Export Controls) was established during the Cold War in order to put an embargo on the former Soviet Union and prevent Western technologies from being exported to any of the East Bloc countries. CoCom had 17 memebr states and several cooperating countries. CoCom ceased to function in the mid nineties and replaced by the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies, an arms control arrangement with 39 participating states (including Russia). (source: www.alternativanews.com )

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