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Russia, Kazakhstan Sign Nuclear Cooperation Deal

Russian and Kazakh officials have signed an agreement on nuclear cooperation.

The agreement was signed during a forum between Russian and Kazakh bordering regions in Kazakhstan’s western city of Atyrau on September 30.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev attended the one-day interregional event.

According to the agreement inked by Kazakh Energy Minister Vladimir Shkolnik and the director-general of Russia's Rosatom nuclear energy corporation, Sergei Kirienko, a nuclear power plant will be constructed in the town of Kurchatov in the Eastern Kazakhstan region.

Kurchatov used to be the center of operations for the Soviet Union's major nuclear test field -- Semipalatinsk Polygon.

The site was officially shut down in 1991.

The agreement also says that some components of nuclear fuel for the future nuclear plant will be produced in Kazakhstan.

Based on reporting by Kazinform and Interfax