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Russia suspends cooperation with US in nuclear, energy sectors

October 05, 19:32 UTC+3
The document has been signed by the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
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© Ivan Guschin/ITAR-TASS

MOSCOW, October 5. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree on suspending an agreement between Russia and the US on cooperation in research and development in the nuclear and energy sectors. The relevant document has been posted on the Cabinet website on Wednesday.

"In connection with the imposition of restrictions on cooperation with the Russian Federation in nuclear energy by the United States of America … to suspend the agreement between the government of the Russian Federation and the government of the United States of America on cooperation in research and development in the nuclear and energy sectors of September 16, 2013," the decree says.

Under this decree, the Russian Foreign Ministry has been instructed to send a written notification of the agreement’s suspension to the US.

An explanatory note to the document points out that "the actions taken by the US in connection with imposing sanctions against Russia have directly affected the areas of cooperation envisaged by the agreement."

"The regular extension of anti-Russian sanctions by the US, which include the suspension of the Russian-US cooperation in nuclear energy, requires countermeasures against the American side," the explanatory note says. It also notes that Moscow will retain an opportunity to resume cooperation under this agreement when this is justified from the point of view of the general context of relations with the US."

On October 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to suspend cooperation with the US on plutonium disposal because of Washington’s unfriendly actions towards Russia.

Cooperation between Rosatom and US Department of Energy 

The decree also announces termination of an agreement between Rosatom State Corporation and the US Department of Energy: 

"To accept the proposal of the Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation and the Russian Foreign Ministry agreed with the Russian Defense Ministry, the Russian Federal Security Service and the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service on terminating the executive agreement between the Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation and the US Department of Energy on cooperation in conducting research of the possible conversion of Russian research reactors for the use of the low enriched uranium fuel of December 7, 2010," the decree reads.

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