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Kazakhstan Considering Russian Nuclear Offer

(RFE/RL) September 19, 2006 -- Kazakhstan's KazAtomProm nuclear energy agency today said that it is considering a proposal to participate in an international center to enrich uranium on Russian territory.

Russia has offered to host the first of several internationally monitored nuclear-fuel-cycle centers.

It will be tentatively located in Eastern Siberia. Sergei Kiriyenko, the head of Russia's Rosatom nuclear energy agency, has said it may become operational as early as next year.

KazAtomProm Vice President Sergei Yashin today said that before agreeing to participate in the project, his company would need "to understand the principles that underlie the creation of such a center."

Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the future center as a major contribution to joint international efforts against nuclear proliferation. He has also said it will be open to any country wishing to develop peaceful nuclear nuclear energy.

(Interfax-Kazakhstan, "Kazakhstan Today")