Medvedev approves Russian-US plutonium disposal dealJune 7th, 2011 - 2:27 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, June 7 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has approved amendments to an agreement with the US to dispose of excess weapons-grade plutonium, the Rossiiskaya Gazeta government daily said Tuesday.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed in April 2010 a protocol to amend the US-Russian 2000 agreement on eliminating excess weapons-grade plutonium from defence programmes.
Under the agreement, Russia and the US will each dispose of 34 tonnes of excess plutonium, which is enough to create several thousand nuclear weapons. The programme is to be launched before 2018.
Russia intends to spend up to $3.5 billion on its programme and the US some $400 million.
The agreement is a continuation of Medvedev and US President Barack Obama’s nuclear disarmament efforts launched in April 2010, when they signed the New START treaty replacing the expired START 1 agreement.
The document slashes the Russian and US nuclear arsenals to a maximum of 1,550 nuclear warheads, down from the current ceiling of 2,200.
- US, Russia to dispose of tonnes of weapon-grade plutonium - Jan 25, 2012
- Russia shuts down last weapons-grade plutonium reactor - Apr 15, 2010
- U.S.-Russia sign the 2000 Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement - Apr 14, 2010
- Everything's OK in US-Russia relations: Medvedev - Jul 31, 2012
- US keeps Russia on 'national threat' list - Aug 17, 2012
- Medvedev ready to sign law on ratification of START - Jan 27, 2011
- Medvedev, Biden to meet in Moscow - Mar 09, 2011
- Putin pledges 400 ICBMs for Russia in 10 years - Feb 20, 2012
- Russia welcomes US Senate's ratification of arms cut deal - Dec 23, 2010
- Russia warns against unilateral sanctions on Iran - Jun 14, 2012
- Medvedev signs new START ratification document - Jan 28, 2011
- Moscow urges Iran to respond to IAEA concerns - Feb 27, 2012
- Putin, Obama agree to continue missile talks - Jun 19, 2012
- Russia may build more n-reactors in Iran - Nov 10, 2011
- Moscow reiterates its missile defence posture - Aug 21, 2012
Tags: barack obama, disarmament efforts, dmitry medvedev, excess plutonium, foreign minister, hillary clinton, nuclear arsenals, nuclear disarmament, nuclear warheads, nuclear weapons, plutonium disposal, ria novosti, russian 2000, russian president, sergei lavrov, several thousand, slashes, start 1, us secretary of state, weapons grade plutonium