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Upper Chamber of Russian Parliament approved MNEPR agreement on December 10

Publish date: December 18, 2003

”Ratification is in the national interests of Russia”, said Gennady Khrippel, International Committee deputy chairman of the Russian Federation Council, about the Federal Law ”On ratification of the framework agreement on a Multilateral Nuclear Environmental Programme in the Russian Federation and Protocol on Claims, Legal Proceedings and Indemnification to the Multilateral Nuclear Environmental Programme in the Russian Federation” during his speech at the Russian Federation Council, upper chamber of the Russian Parliament, during its 117th session on December 10th, the Federation Council’s website reported.

MNEPR agreement was earlier signed by Russia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Great Britain, European Union, European Atomic Energy Community. The USA signed the Agreement, but not the Protocol.

The parties involved intend to develop practical co-operation in the field of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste handling in the Russian Federation. The documents define the order of accounting and examining of all the materials, personnel status, access to the sites etc. Mr. Khrippel said about $3 billion could be allocated for nuclear safety during the nuclear submarines’ dismantling thanks to this Agreement, the Federation Council’s internet site reported. The members of the Federation Council voted unanimously for the ratification of the agreement.

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