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Russia, Bangladesh sign agreement on peaceful atom cooperation

Russia is ready to help Bangladesh make use of nuclear technologies in peaceful purposes.



Moscow: Russia is ready to help
Bangladesh make use of nuclear technologies in peaceful
purposes, Sergei Kiriyenko, the head of Russia`s State-Run
Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, said on Friday after
signing a Russian-Bangladesh inter-government agreement on
nuclear cooperation.

Russia is building many nuclear facilities both inside
the country and abroad and is "ready to share its experience
with Bangladesh," Kiriyenko said, adding that "the agreement`s
goal is to lay down reliable legal basis for cooperation
between Russia and Bangladesh in the peaceful atom area.

"The agreement signed covers a wide range of possible
areas of cooperation, such as siting, designing, building and
operating power and research nuclear reactors, desalination
plants and particle accelerators.

The agreement also provides for cooperation in the areas
of prospecting and developing uranium and thorium deposits,
nuclear fuel cycle services, including supplies of nuclear
fuel to power and research reactors.

The document regulates issues of disposal of Russian
nuclear fuel waste, handling radioactive waste and maintaining
nuclear and radiation safety.

Russia and Bangladesh will cooperate in the area of
physical protection of nuclear materials and will take joint
emergencies actions.

Apart from it, under the agreement, Rosatom will help
Bangladesh set up a national regulatory authority and train
its nuclear physics experts and nuclear engineers in Russia.

To implement the agreement, the sides will set up a joint
coordinating committee that will include representatives
nominated by Rosatom and the Russian Ministry of Natural
Resources and Ecology, and those appointed by Bangladesh`s
commission on nuclear energy and Ministry of Science,
Information and Communications Technologies.

The committee will hold its meetings on an as-needed
basis in Russia and Bangladesh alternatively.

The agreement was signed for the term of five years with
possible tacit extension every five years.

"We are working fast to achieve our goals - only a year
ago we signed a memorandum, and now we are signing the
agreement.

"I am confident that we will continue to work as fast and
efficiently as now," Kiriyenko said during the signing
ceremony.

PTI

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