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U.S. confirms $50 mln aid for Ukraine's nuclear security program

10:18 AM (MSK) February 16, 2011

The United States has officially confirmed that it will render Ukraine $50 million to support the country's nuclear security program.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Hryshchenko in Washington on Tuesday as part of the third session of the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission.

'Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Gryshchenko underlined both parties' commitment to securing all vulnerable nuclear materials and to increasing cooperation in nuclear security and non-proliferation,' the U.S. Department of State said in a statement.

Ukraine, which was briefly left with the world's third largest nuclear arsenal after the breakup of the Soviet Union, agreed to give up the remaining stockpiles of highly enriched material by the next nuclear summit in 2012.

'The Ukrainian party reconfirmed its commitment to get rid of its remaining highly-enriched uranium by the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit,' the statement said. 'The U.S. party reconfirmed its commitment to provide necessary technical and financial assistance valued at approximately $50 million by the time of the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit as part of this effort, including financial and other resources necessary for the construction of a state of the art neutron source facility that will enhance civil nuclear cooperation.'

The Nuclear Energy Institute puts Ukraine in its top five countries accounting for the largest percentage of generated nuclear energy. Almost half of the country's energy output comes from nuclear power.

RIA Novosti


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Russia has asked for Britain's help in resolving the impasse in talks over the proposed European nuclear defence shield with a warning that retaliatory "military steps" will be taken if the US and Nato go ahead with the programme without the Kremlin's consent.

10:41 AM (MSK) November 16, 2011

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02:09 PM (MSK) November 14, 2011
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11:34 AM (MSK) November 10, 2011

Russia on Wednesday sharply dismissed calls for further sanctions against Iran in the aftermath of a new United Nations report on suspect Iranian nuclear activities, signaling the Kremlin's departure from the cooperation on Iran that was a hallmark of the 'reset' in relations with the United States.


02:49 PM (MSK) November 9, 2011

Leaders from across the EU were in Lubmin on Germany's Baltic coast on Tuesday to celebrate the switch-on of a new gas supply route from Russia to Europe.


12:28 PM (MSK) November 9, 2011
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Following the State Department's announcement that it had cut off U.S. funding from UNESCO in response to its overwhelming vote in favor of accepting the Palestinian bid for full membership, senators from both parties predicted the United States would cut funding or even withdraw from several other international organizations the Palestinians seek to join.


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