Ukraine wants to produce own nuclear fuel

Publish date: January 17, 2006

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said on January 13 that his country should produce its own nuclear fuel for its power plants, part of the Westward-leaning leader's effort to reduce its reliance on Russia for energy following a bitter dispute over natural gas prices.

”We must change our uranium policy — our policy on the use of uranium for peaceful purposes,” Yushchenko said on national television. ”We must cooperate with international allies on a serious political and economic level so that we can have a full cycle of processing and production of nuclear fuel.”