Lugar visits Moscow to press for renewal of nuclear pact

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“Renewing the umbrella agreement with Russia is important to continuing the WMD destruction that is in both of our national interests. The Nunn-Lugar program is also a critical element of our military-to-military and security cooperation with Russia, the Ukraine and Georgia as we face global security challenges.”

In Ukraine, Lugar is expected to verify that the last rocket motors left over from Soviet days are being eliminated, while urging the continued reduction of biological weapons. And in Georgia, he will review the country's partnership with the U.S. Army.

Lugar, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was defeated in the Republican primary earlier this year.