Minister Cannon Announces Funding for New Counterterrorism Training Centre in Russia

(No. 23 - January 14, 2011 - 4:10 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Canada and the United States, in which Canada agrees to contribute $5 million to support the creation of a new counterterrorism training centre in Abramovo, Russia.

Funding for this project will come from Canada's Global Partnership Program and follows on commitments made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper at last year's Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C. The funding will support the ongoing work to secure and eliminate weapons-usable material in Russia.

"This project will strengthen Canada-United States cooperation in the promotion of nuclear and radiological security," said Minister Cannon. "It reflects our common goals of reducing the threats posed by weapons and materials of mass destruction and preventing them from falling into the wrong hands."

The Abramovo Counterterrorism Training Center will be used by Russia's Ministry of Defence to train personnel directly involved with the security and transportation of nuclear and other radioactive materials in Russia.

"Canada's Global Partnership Program exemplifies the excellent cooperation among G-8 partners in addressing the risk of potential terrorist acquisition of weapons and materials of mass destruction," said Minister Cannon.

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