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India-Russia deal on reprocessing spent nuclear fuel

India and Russia to sign key nuclear agreement Gulf Times 6 Dec 09  Agencies/Moscow India and Russia will today sign an umbrella agreement for expanding civil nuclear co-operation that will give New Delhi the right to reprocess spent fuel, a deal that will take their pact “far beyond the 123 agreement” inked with the US, a top official said yesterday as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived here on a three-day visit……………

The inter-governmental umbrella agreement on peaceful uses of nuclear energy will provide a comprehensive framework for expanding the existing civil nuclear co-operation between the two countries. Last year, the two sides signed a pact under which Russia would build four additional reactors at Kudankulam in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said on Saturday India and Russia were trying to put together an agreement that would broaden the nuclear fuel import pact. ………..

India negotiated an accord with the US last year which resulted in the removal of a 34-year-old embargo on sales of civilian atomic technology.
It also obtained an exemption from the Nuclear Supplier Group that controls global atomic commerce, allowing it to buy nuclear fuel and power plants to boost its electricity production.

Gulf Times – Qatar’s top-selling English daily newspaper – India

December 8, 2009 - Posted by | 1, India, secrets,lies and civil liberties | , , ,

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