Russia, US to sign nuclear cooperation treaty: Report

May 6th, 2008 - 6:14 pm ICT by admin  

RIA Novosti
Moscow, May 6 (RIA Novosti) Russia and the United States are set to sign here Tuesday an agreement on cooperation in civilian nuclear activities, a Russian industry source said. “The agreement will be signed by Rosatom state nuclear corporation head Sergei Kiriyenko and US envoy to Russia William Burns,” an official said.

The signing of the deal has been delayed for 20 years.

The two countries are now cooperating in the nuclear sphere on the HEU-LEU project.

The HEU-LEU contract, also known as the Megatons to Megawatts agreement, was signed in February 1993 and expires in 2013.

It aims to convert 500 tonnes of high-enriched uranium (HEU), the equivalent of approximately 20,000 nuclear warheads, from dismantled Russian nuclear weapons into low-enriched uranium (LEU), which is then converted into nuclear fuel for use in US commercial reactors.
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