US, Canada to help Russia start anti-terrorist training centre

The centre would be built in Russia and would belong to the Defence Ministry.

Last Updated: Jan 17, 2011, 15:25 PM IST

Washington: The US and Canada will help Russia establish a new anti-terrorist training centre, a top Obama administration official here said.

Anne Harrington, the deputy head of the US Energy Department`s National Nuclear Security Administration, said that the centre would be built in Russia and would belong to the Defence Ministry.

The tripartite agreement stipulates the construction and equipment of the centre, repairs of a number of existent buildings and development of other infrastructure.

The centre will train personnel of Russian nuclear sites to use various tactical methods in the provision of security, the official said.

Russia, the United States and Canada realise the need for guaranteeing top-grade training of forces responsible for handling emergency situations related to nuclear armaments and material, Harrington said.

The partnership between the United States, Canada and Russia will help the fulfilment of international commitments assumed by the sides at the nuclear security summit held in Washington in April 2010, she said.

PTI