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5 October 201621:45

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the Russian Government’s decision to terminate the 2010 Implementing Agreement between the Russian State Corporation for Atomic Energy (Rosatom) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) concerning cooperation on feasibility studies of the conversion of Russian research reactors to use low-enriched uranium fuel

1827-05-10-2016

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The Government of the Russian Federation has adopted the decision to terminate the 2010 Implementing Agreement between the Russian State Corporation for Atomic Energy (Rosatom) and the Department of Energy (DOE) concerning cooperation on feasibility studies of the conversion of Russian research reactors to use low-enriched uranium fuel.

This step follows the notification received from the United States in 2014 regarding the termination of civil nuclear energy cooperation with Russia, as well as other hostile steps and statements by the United States. As a result of these actions, we can no longer trust Washington in a sensitive sphere such as the modernisation and safety of Russian nuclear power plants. If Russia makes the decision to convert particular research reactors to low-enriched nuclear fuel, we will conduct this work independently.

We believe that the conversion of nuclear reactors from highly enriched to low-enriched uranium fuel in NPT member states is not an end in itself. In a number of cases, including medical isotope production, highly enriched uranium is most effective, and abandoning it does not make sense from a technological and economic standpoint.

At the same time, Russia intends to fulfill the obligations it assumed under the Agreement, in particular, to complete the work under all previously concluded contracts.

 

 

 

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