, the commission has also come to serve as a high-level forum for talks on a wide variety of other important bilateral and international issues.

This latest session, which marked the commission’s fifth anniversary, produced some results in both of those areas. At a concluding press conference, Gore and Chernomyrdin made two noteworthy announcements. The first involved the creation of a new Russian-U.S. commission of experts that will discuss and monitor the export of sensitive nuclear and missile technologies. The second involved a pledge by Chernomyrdin that the Kremlin will work to convince Russia’s parliament to ratify the