Russia Armenia Discuss Nuclear Power Cooperation

MOSCOW (BBC)–Russia’s Atomic Energy Minister Yevgeniy Adamov met an Armenian government minister to agree the start of work to formulate an agreement on cooperation between the two countries in the nuclear energy sphere. There are plans to launch a second reactor at the Armenian nuclear power station. A deal on Armenia ‘s debt for Russian nuclear fuel was also reached–according to the Russian newspaper ‘Nezavisimaya Gazeta. The following are excerpts from the article by Andrey Vaganov–published last Wednesday,

The second session of the intergovernmental commission for economic cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Armenia has taken place in Moscow. Yevgeniy Adamov–Russian Federation atomic energy minister–and Gagik Martirosyan–the Republic of Armenia minister [without portfolio] for the coordination of the work of production structures–are the co-chairmen of this commission on the Russian and Armenian sides–respectively.

For two days experts from both countries conducted intensive consultations on virtually the entire spectrum of political and economic mutual relations between Russia and Armenia – ranging from cooperation in the humanitarian sphere and the environment to the development of a legal contractual base…

The participants in the intergovernmental commission session reached agreement on starting preparations for an agreement on cooperation in the sphere of nuclear energy. The relevant Armenian organizations and the Russian Federation Ministry of Atomic Energy will begin elaborating a joint program to this end.

"The Armenian nuclear power station is the main target of our cooperation," Yevgeniy Adamov emphasized . "First and foremost we must continue work to enhance this station’s safety. By the end of the year we might approach a decision on the issue of launching the second power unit at the Armenian nuclear power station."

Yevgeniy Adamov also reported that–together with the Russian Federation Ministry of Finance–a coordinated decision regarding Armenia ‘s debts for nuclear fuel from Russia’supplied to the Armenian nuclear power station was reached. As of today the debts total 102 million rubles. Now Armenia ‘s debts will be turned into Moscow Region’s debts to the Ministry of Finance. Thus the debts of the Ministry of Atomic Energy’s production association in Elektrostal near Moscow–where the fuel for the nuclear power station is manufactured–will automatically be paid off.

Agreement in principle on the transit of electricity and gas via Armenian territory was also reached at the session of the intergovernmental commission.

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