Russia has told senior US officials that it will next year reduce joint programs to secure nuclear material in Russia.
Washington: Russia has informed the United States that it is planning to reduce its participation next year in a joint effort to secure nuclear materials on Russian territory, a move that could seriously undermine more than two decades of co-operation aimed at ensuring nuclear bomb components do not fall into the hands of terrorists or a rogue state.
Sergei Kiriyenko, the head of Russia’s state nuclear company, has told senior Obama administration officials that no new projects in Russia are “envisioned” in 2015, according to US officials.
The reduced co-operation is a byproduct of the general downturn in relations between Russia and the US, which has been compounded by President Vladimir Putin’s decision to intervene militarily in Ukraine. But it also stems from long-standing concerns among Kremlin hardliners about a program that brings US nuclear experts to Russia’s nuclear sites and that, they fear, may create the impression that Russia is in need of outside help. Continue reading