TASHKENT, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Uzbek President Islam Karimov has approved an intergovernmental cooperation agreement under which spent nuclear fuel in Uzbekistan will be returned to Russia, local media reported Monday.
According to the agreement, spent fuel from research reactors at the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Uzbek Academy of Science will be taken to Russia.
Uzbekistan and Russia signed an agreement on return of spent fuel to Russia in May in Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan. Head of the Russian State Atomic Agency Sergei Kirienko said in June that, Russia would retrieve used nuclear materials from Uzbekistan by the end of this year.
Russia started taking back fissionable materials from nuclear power plants abroad in accordance with the Return of Research Reactor Spent Fuel to the Country of Origin, which was initiated by the United States and Russia in 1999.
Putin vows to keep Russian nuclear power on standby
MOSCOW, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Russia said Thursday it was not going to start a new arms race, but would keep its nuclear weapons and aerospace defense constantly ready for action.
President Vladimir Putin told a government meeting on the country's armament program "... no one should doubt the reliability and efficiency of our nuclear potential, as well as the aerospace defense". Full story