US and Russia expand nuclear energy research ties

The US and Russia have signed a joint agreement to share their knowledge on nuclear energy, research and security projects. The agreement will expand co-operation between the two countries on […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The US and Russia have signed a joint agreement to share their knowledge on nuclear energy, research and security projects.

The agreement will expand co-operation between the two countries on nuclear research laboratories, institutes and facilities in a broad range of areas, including nuclear technology, energy and environment.

It will add on to the US-Russia Agreement for Co-operation in the Field of Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy which came into force in January 2011.

A Multi-Purpose Fast Reactor International Research Centre could be established as part of the new agreement.

US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said: “This Agreement supports President Obama’s non-proliferation and climate priorities by providing a venue for scientific collaboration and relationship-building between the US and Russian research and technical communities. Jointly, these communities will work to further develop advanced technologies that can address some of our most pressing nuclear energy and nuclear security challenges.”

The countries will each pay for their own share of projects under the agreement.

Earlier this year, the US also joined forces with the Czech Republic for a joint civil nuclear co-operation centre in Prague while Russia signed an agreement with the UAE for cooperation in the use of nuclear energy for “peaceful purposes” last year.