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Ukraine, Australia sign agreement on cooperation in nuclear sector
20:54, 31 March 2016
Ukraine, Australia sign agreement on cooperation in nuclear sector

The signature took place in the USA during the Nuclear Security Summit

20:54, 31 March 2016

Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry

Governments of the two countries signed the document during the working visit of the Ukrainian delegation headed by President Petro Poroshenko. The Ukrainian Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry posted this at Facebook on Thursday.  

The Ministry noted that the agreement with Australia creates conditions for uranium supplies to Ukraine so that it can be further used in the country’s nuclear industry. “Such cooperation is extremely important for the country, taking into account Ukraine’s need for diversification of supplies of nuclear fuel, and the need to cut its nuclear energy dependence from Russia”, reads the message.  

The two countries agreed to cooperate in such areas as fundamental and applied researches; decommissioning of nuclear power plants and other devices of nuclear fuel cycle; nuclear safety, radiation protection and environmental protection; geological and geophysical research works; development, production, recycling and use of uranium-based resources et cetera.  

The Energy ministry added that no part of nuclear materials, components, facility and technologies, mentioned in the agreement, may be used for military purposes. None of that can be used for production of nuclear weaponry and other explosive devices. 

Most recently, Australian Foreign Ministry Julie Bishop reported that the countries are to sign the document at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington D.C.

Related: Australia to sign agreement on uranium supplies to Ukraine

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