Canada to finance decommissioning of Russian nuclear multipurpose submarines

Publish date: September 16, 2003

Canada is intending to finance decommissioning of the Russian nuclear multipurpose submarines at the navy shipyard Zvezdochka in Severodvinsk, Archangelsk region, Prime-Tass reported.

The shipyard’s press secretary Nadezhda Scherbinina said the preparation of the appropriate documents had already begun. The project will be a part of the Global Partnership program adopted in 2002 at the G8 summit. The program stipulates allocating $20 billion for elimination of the excessive weapons in the former USSR. Russia suggested spending some sum on the decommissioning of the multipurpose nuclear submarine, even if they are unable to carry nuclear weapons. Norway and Great Britain promised to fund decommissioning of two nuclear multipurpose submarines each.