US-Russia nuclear cooperation agreement back on agenda

7 July 2009

Russia and the USA plan to strengthen nuclear cooperation to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and stop acts of nuclear terrorism, presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama have said following talks in Moscow.

In a joint statement the presidents said they will work to bring the bilateral nuclear cooperation agreement into force. Last year, following the “Georgian events,” the Bush Administration recalled the agreement from the Congress.

In the joint statement the presidents said they intend to broaden and deepen long-term cooperation to further increase the level of security of nuclear facilities around the world.

They also reaffirmed their commitment to: dispose of existing stockpiles of weapon-grade materials that are surplus to defence need.

The presidents said they plan to work to develop new types of low-enrichment fuel for use in research reactors in Russia, the USA and third countries.

They also express mutual desire to expand capabilities to combat illicit trafficking of nuclear materials and radioactive substances.

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