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Lavrov, Kerry sign on APEC summit sidelines agreement on national nuclear threat reduction centers

October 07, 2013, 17:30 UTC+3
Lavrov: these centers had been created back in 1987, it’s time to adapt their activities to the current realities
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Photo ITAR-TASS EPA/ JASON SZENES

Photo ITAR-TASS EPA/ JASON SZENES

BALI, Indonesia, October 7 (Itar-Tass) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday signed on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum’s summit in Bali an agreement on the national nuclear threat reduction centers.

“Today we have signed an agreement on the functioning of the national nuclear threat reduction centers,” Lavrov said. “These centers had been created back in 1987, and, of course, it’s time to adapt their activities to the current realities, which we have done.”

In September, head of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom Sergei Kiriyenko and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz signed the agreement on Cooperation in Nuclear- and Energy-Related Scientific Research and Development. It provides for cooperation in the sphere of new technologies in the nuclear power industry and safety of waste management.

The document, along with the agreement of the national centers was being prepared for adoption within the framework of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Moscow that had been planned for early September, but which was suspended by the American side at the last minute.

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