Moscow Agrees to Process Uzbekistan’s Spent Nuclear Fuel

Global Security Newswire Staff
Feb. 4, 2014, 5:48 a.m.

Rus­sia has ap­proved an agree­ment with Uzbek­istan to im­port some used re­search-re­act­or fuel for re­pro­cessing, In­ter­fax re­por­ted on Monday.

Un­der the draft agree­ment, signed by Rus­si­an Prime Min­is­ter Dmitry Med­ve­dev on Jan. 29, the out­put from the re­pro­cessing — in­clud­ing any plutoni­um or urani­um — will not be sent back to Uzbek­istan. In­stead, Rus­sia will use, store or dis­pose of ma­ter­i­als that emerge from the pro­ced­ures.

The draft text of the deal spe­cifies that the spent fuel and any atom­ic ma­ter­i­al de­rived from such activ­it­ies can­not be used “for any types of nuc­le­ar weapons and nuc­le­ar ex­plos­ive devices” or oth­er mil­it­ary re­search.

With Med­ve­dev’s ap­prov­al, the Rus­si­an For­eign Min­istry and the state-atom­ic en­ergy firm, Ros­atom, have been dir­ec­ted to hold fi­nal talks with Uzbek­istan and sign off on the deal when it is com­pleted.

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