Uzbekistan and Russia sign nuclear cooperation agreement


TASHKENT (TCA) — Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation and the Government of Uzbekistan have signed a nuclear cooperation agreement.

Rosatom said the agreement was signed by the company’s Director General Alexey Likhachev and Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister Nodir Otazhonov on December 29.

“The agreement paves the way for bilateral cooperation between Russia and Uzbekistan in many aspects of civil nuclear energy. The collaboration could include creation and development of infrastructure in Uzbekistan, training, construction of nuclear power plants and research reactors, as well as operational and maintenance support during their life cycle,” Rosatom said in a statement.

The Russian company also said the agreement could also cover “exploration and mining of uranium, handling of uranium waste and the production of radioisotopes for use in medicine, agriculture and academic research.”

Likhachev said that Rosatom was ready to build a two-unit nuclear power plant in Uzbekistan and has offered to start training Uzbek nuclear experts-to-be at Moscow’s expense beginning in September 2018, RFE/RL reported.

In early November, during a visit to Tashkent by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, a memorandum on cooperation between Rosatom and Uzbekistan’s Academy of Science was signed, along with an agreement on production and provision of nuclear fuel by Uzbekistan for Rosatom.

Sergey Kwan