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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yeltsin Urges Bill on Export Control

President Boris Yeltsin on Wednesday ordered the government to speedily draft and submit to the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, a federal bill on export control, the presidential press service said.

The government was also told to speed up work on amendments to the criminal code regarding responsibility for the illegal distribution of technology, scientific and technical information, and services related to the manufacture of weapons of mass destruction and delivery missiles.

The step is prompted by the need to improve control over military and dual-purpose goods, exportation of which may damage Russia's defense potential, the press service said.

The government must act in keeping with Russia's international commitments under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

These commitments were reaffirmed at the so-called Group of Eight summit in Birmingham, England, in mid-May.