The Congress finds that it is in the national security interest of the United States—
(1) to facilitate, on a priority basis—
the transportation, storage, safeguarding, and destruction of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction of the independent states of the former Soviet Union;
the prevention of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and destabilizing conventional weapons of the independent states, and the establishment of verifiable safeguards against the proliferation of such weapons;
the prevention of diversion of weapons-related scientific expertise of the former Soviet Union to terrorist groups or third countries; and
to support the conversion of the massive defense-related industry and equipment of the independent states of the former Soviet Union for civilian purposes and uses; and
to expand military-to-military contacts between the United States and the independent states.