November 25, 1994
The world is a safer place because of Project Sapphire. Thanks to good teamwork by the U.S. Defense, Energy and State Departments, one of the gravest nuclear security gaps was plugged. Thanks to the wisdom and initiative of Kazakhstan's old Communist leader, President Nursultan Nazarbayev, one huge temptation is denied to the forces of terrorism, corruption and covetous rogue countries.It was a secret mission brought off with flare and efficiency worthy of the hottest days of the Cold War. A team of American nuclear specialists was spirited into a padlocked but insecure warehouse in Ust Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan.
January 4, 1992
It's hard to be a puppet without a master, a believer whose god died, a follower with no leader, a bloc with no center, a copy whose role model renounced the role. While there are Communists who boast of new philosophies, it is harder for governments to do so.China's official Xinhua News Agency bitterly denounced reform in the former Soviet Union. It said that Mikhail S. Gorbachev's " 'new thinking,' 'glasnost,' and 'political pluralism' have brought political chaos, ethnic strife and economic crisis."
February 12, 2002
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October 15, 2004
U.S.- Russian crew on way to 6-month space mission BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan - A rocket carrying two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut to the International Space Station streaked into orbit yesterday, the latest flight of a Russian space vehicle to fill in for grounded U.S. shuttles. The spaceship is due to dock with the station tomorrow at 8:17 a.m. Moscow time. During the six-month mission, the new crew will do experiments to research new AIDS vaccines, study plant growth and go on at least two space walks.
November 24, 1994
WASHINGTON -- After a secret odyssey over two continents and the highways of the eastern United States, the last of a shipment of weapons-grade Soviet uranium strong enough to make 20 nuclear bombs arrived yesterday at a government facility in Tennessee.Government officials described the capture of the material -- totaling about 1,320 pounds of highly enriched uranium 235 packed in foam-filled steel containers -- as a major coup in the battle against nuclear proliferation.Its arrival ended a nine-month operation called Project Sapphire in which the United States transferred the radioactive material from the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan for safekeeping.
May 7, 1992
President Bush suddenly finds himself caught between the political imperative to pour more money into America's troubled big cities and the security imperative to provide financial incentives to ex-Soviet states squabbling over control of strategic nuclear weapons.Yesterday he secured President Leonid Kravchuk's assurance that Ukraine will become a non-nuclear power after offering a handsome trade-and-aid package. Then he flew off to California to deal with a domestic crisis that has sparked Senate questioning of administration bailout plans for the Commonwealth of Independent States.
April 7, 1993
Chevron, Kazakhstan oil dealKazakhstan and Chevron Corp. signed an agreement yesterday to develop one of the world's largest oil fields in a deal seen as a bellwether for foreign investment in the former Soviet Union.The agreement, called the biggest joint venture ever undertaken in a former Soviet republic, provides for Chevron to develop the Tengiz oil field and the much smaller Korolev field in western Kazakhstan over 40 years for about $20 billion.Dollar's slide against yen haltsThe dollar ended a four-day free fall against the yen yesterday as repeated buying of dollars by the Bank of Japan finally curbed the trend in a holiday-hushed market.
May 2, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The United States is close to an agreement with Ukraine on implementing a strategic arms accord reached with the former Soviet Union, U.S. officials said.A deal would mark a breakthrough toward ratification of the pact and assures a warm embrace for Ukrainian President Leonid M. Kravchuk on his visit here next week.Secretary of State James A. Baker III has postponed sending the treaty, which slashes long-range nuclear weapons, to Capitol Hill for ratification until all four nuclear states of the former Soviet Union -- Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan -- agree to abide by its terms.
February 28, 1994
LILLEHAMMER, Norway -- It was almost a fitting end to the 1994 Winter Olympic Games.One hundred thirty thousand Norwegians jammed onto the hills at Birkebeineren Ski Stadium. They grilled hot dogs and drank unknown substances from flasks. They sang songs and painted their faces. They slid down hills without sleds.They came in minus-13-degree weather to cheer their heroes, one old in Vegard Ulvang, one new in Bjorn Dahlie.But when the 50-kilometer cross country ski race was finished, they cheered a new champion: gold-medal winner Vladimir Smirnov of Kazakhstan.
August 11, 1996
ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- On a brilliant Saturday morning, 300 Uighur families gathered for what should have been an unabashedly happy occasion: the opening of a striking turquoise and white mosque featuring designs from their homeland across the border in China.But these are dark days for the Uighurs (pronounced WEE-gurs), the world's oldest Turkic people and the last large ethnic group in Central Asia living under foreign domination.Whether at the oases of Xinjiang province on China's western frontier or abroad in countries like Kazakhstan, the Uighurs are suffering from China's effort to crush their drive for independence.