On September 19, in Vienna, Alexey E. Likhachev, Director General of ROSATOM, and Kanat A. Bozumbaev, Minister for Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, signed two documents on nuclear power cooperation on the sidelines of the 61st IAEA General Conference.
The first document is a Protocol to the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Government of the Russian Federation on cooperation and mutual settlements in the recycling of nuclear ammunition dated January 20, 1995.
It documents a successful completion of the largest disarmament project in human history. As a result, about 500 tons of military uranium extracted from nuclear ammunition that had been placed in Russia and Kazakhstan some time ago were transferred from the arms to the civil category. The protocol defines specific mutual procedures related to mutual settlements under the project.
The second document is the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Government of the Russian Federation on cooperation in the field of scientific research and development in the nuclear energy sector.
The relevance of the Agreement is explained by the historical potential of cooperation between nuclear energy and scientific facilities in Russia and Kazakhstan. The purpose of the Agreement is to create conditions for raising the cooperation in the scientific and technical areas of peaceful nuclear power use between Russia and Kazakhstan to a cardinally new level.