Report Issued by U.S.-Russian Working Group on Nuclear Security
30 June 2005
Bush receives report outlining progress made by working group
President Bush has received the first progress report from the joint U.S.-Russian senior interagency group on nuclear security cooperation.
The group, which Bush established with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia, in February, is designed to enhance cooperation between the two countries to counter the threat of nuclear terrorism.
Following is a statement by the White House press secretary:
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
June 30, 2005
Statement by the Press Secretary
NUCLEAR SECURITY COOPERATION WITH RUSSIA
President Bush received the first progress report from a joint U.S.-Russia working group he established with President Putin in Bratislava to improve nuclear security cooperation to deal with one of the gravest threats we face - the danger that terrorists could gain access to nuclear material or weapons.
Since that time, the U.S.-Russia Senior Interagency Working Group on Nuclear Security Cooperation, co-chaired by Secretary of Energy Bodman and Federal Atomic Energy Agency Director Rumyantsev has examined ways to advance cooperation in five areas: (1) emergency response, (2) best practices, (3) security culture, (4) conversion of research reactors, and (5) nuclear security.
The report notes that the United and Russia have agreed to:
-- Prioritize timelines to return fresh and spent highly-enriched uranium fuel from U.S.- and Russian-designed research reactors in third countries, and to convert these reactors to low-enriched uranium and to develop other alternative fuels;
-- Develop a Joint Action Plan for security upgrades at Rosatom and Ministry of Defense facilities;
-- Conduct bilateral workshops on sharing "best practices" and establishment of a "security culture" in September 2005;
-- Undertake a tabletop exercise on emergency response to nuclear incidents in October 2005.
The Working Group is scheduled to report again on December 31, 2005.
(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)
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