President Clinton will offer Russian President Boris Yeltsin more money to dismantle nuclear missiles when they meet here next week.
The amount will depend on talks under way with Congress on defense spending, administration officials told The Associated Press.The aid would be on top of the more than $60 million sent to Moscow and an additional $200 million appropriated for reducing the Rus-sian arsenal.
Even though Russia's economy is in better shape, the expense of cutting the long-range stockpile by about one-third under the treaty is more than Moscow can bear, a top Russian security official, Sergei Karaganof, suggested.
Karaganof says parliament would reject the 1993 START II treaty, which calls for even deeper reductions, if the accord were submitted now for approval.
Administration officials say that besides offering more assistance for weapons dismantling when Clinton and Yeltsin meet next Tuesday and Wednesday, the U.S. will take steps to double American investments in Russia from $1 billion to $2 billion.
Three American business leaders, Jack Smith of General Motors, Jack Murphy of Dresser Industries and Richard McCormick of US WEST, will participate in one of Clinton's meetings with Yeltsin at the White House.
Symbolizing the new relationship between the United States and Russia, Yeltsin will be lodged at Blair House, the presidential guest mansion on Pennsylvania Avenue, instead of sleeping at the Russian Embassy.
Clinton and Yeltsin plan to unveil a detailed program of cooperation to safeguard nuclear weapons, said the administration officials, insisting on anonymity.
The recent interception in Germany of packets of plutonium alerted the world again to the danger of proliferation of nuclear material and technology.
Funds already appropriated by Congress will be used to build new storage facilities for dismantled warheads, to exchange information and to train inspectors.