By Ramsey Cox
Lugar’s trip, which started Monday and ends on Nov. 2, is part of the Nunn-Lugar Global Cooperative Threat Reduction program. Since the program started, Lugar has performed oversight inspections of Nunn-Lugar sites in Europe, Asia and Africa.
In November 1991, Lugar and then-Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) authored the Nunn-Lugar Act, creating the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, which has provided U.S. support and expertise to help the former Soviet Union safeguard and dismantle its stockpiles of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, related materials and delivery systems. In more recent years, the program has expanded beyond former Soviet Union countries.
According to his statement, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus are free of nuclear weapons as a result of the Nunn-Lugar program, and 7,610 strategic nuclear warheads have been deactivated, among several other accomplishments.