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Round table “123 U.S.-Russian Nuclear Cooperation Agreement: What Are the Perspectives to Be Successfully Implemented?” 19.02.2009

On February 19, 2009 in the Marriott Grand Hotel in Moscow the Center for Policy Studies (Russia) together with the NTI within the framework of the project “Ways of Nuclear disarmament” held the round table on “123 U.S.-Russian Nuclear Cooperation Agreement: What Are the Perspectives to Be Successfully Implemented?”

The keynote speakers were:

  • Mikhail Lysenko, Director, the International Cooperation Department at the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom;
  • Vadim Mikerin, Deputy Head, Uranium Products Sales and Marketing Directorate, Director, Department of Intergovernmental Programs and Pan American Operations, TENEX.

During the discussion, the speakers and participants shared their views on the prospects of the Russian-American cooperation in the field of atomic energy concerning not only the 123 Agreement, but also other important contracts, such as the HEU-LEU Agreement.

Michael Lysenko brought into focus that the 123 Agreement is the first agreement involving the equal technologic cooperation and covering all aspects of the nuclear fuel circle. It will help to strengthen the nuclear nonproliferation regime. The guests were informed about the Rosatom's plans on the development of nuclear branch in Russia, and also the prospects of the international cooperation.

The representative of Rosatom confirmed that the American-Russian Nuclear Cooperation Agreement is the priority of the State Atomic Energy Corporation. “The Russian program of the atomic energy development is massive and perspective, and we don't need the 123 Agreement. But this agreement is the agreement of new kind and it's favourable to both sides, because it opens the new opportunities for the cooperation with the new American administration. I hope, that the pragmatic point of view will prevail in the USA and the 123 Agreement will be approved”, - said Mikhail Lysenko.

Vadim Mikerin described the role of TENEX in the implementation of the HEU-LEU Agreement. The American, European and Russian firms struggle on the world atomic market. Russia can get the place on this market and there is a possibility to enter the American market.

“This agreement brings the results. It helped to change the opinion of the USA about Russia, to recognize the role of Russia and also became the cause of changing the foreign policy component of both countries», - declared Vadim Mikerin.

The topics caused some questions and comments among the participants of the round table what shows the interest to nuclear branch and to the international nuclear cooperation of Russia.

Full text of the presentations will be published in one of the coming issues of the Security Index journal.

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