Russia to phase out weapons research program

Officials with the International Science and Technology Center in Moscow have announced that they will start phasing out the weapons research program that garnered $1 billion from the U.S. government and other foreign donors.

The program, created in 1994, gave tens of thousands of experts in nuclear, chemical and biological warfare the chance to engage in civilian research and work with colleagues from the U.S. and other nations that were once considered enemies during the Cold War, reports.

Additionally, the program helped recruit and retain Russian weapons scientists who otherwise might have sold their services to terrorist organizations after the Cold War.

Over the past 17 years, the center has tracked space debris, developed fusion power and searched for vaccines against deadly diseases like Ebola, among many other accomplishments.

“The mission has been accomplished, Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s U.S. ambassador, said, according to “It is a little bit outdated.”

Negotiations are currently taking place to find an agreed time frame to finish the remaining 355 projects, worth about $155 million, over the next several years, reports. The center will continue its projects in Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus and several other central Asian states.

The closing announcement comes in wake of Russia launching a $700 billion drive to modernize its nuclear and conventional military forces by 2020.