Russia suspended implementation of agreement on plutonium disposal

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russian Federation names the unfriendly behavior of Washington among the reasons
14:12, 4 October 2016

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order to suspend the agreement with the USA on weapon plutonium disposal. The respective document was published on the official portal for legal information.

 “To suspend the agreement between the government of Russian Federation and the government of the United States of America on disposal of plutonium, purporting to be plutonium, not needed for defense any longer, its management and cooperation in this sphere,” – reads the document.

According to the order, the decision was caused by “the threat of strategic stability resulting from unfriendly behavior of the US towards the Russian Federation, and by the failure of the US to ensure compliance with accepted obligations to dispose the excessive weapon plutonium disposal.”

Besides, the order also notes that weapon plutonium will not be used for creating nuclear weapon or any other nuclear explosive device, research, developments, designing or testing, connected with such devices or any other military aims in the Russian Federation.

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As it was reported earlier, Putin announced in April 2016 that the US have not performed their obligations on plutonium disposal. According to him, the US haven’t built recycle and disposal enterprises as it was set in the agreement, and Russia performed their obligations by building such a plant.

The US decided to dispose plutonium in other way – with special containers, though Russia qualified this to be a violation.

American side announced then that the change in disposal method shall not bring to the agreement reconsideration.

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