Bulgaria Returns 17 Kg Enriched Uranium to Russia

Politics | December 24, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Bulgaria returned to the Russian Federation 17kg of highly enriched uranium, the country's Nuclear Regulation Agency Chief Emil Vapirev announced on Wednesday. His statement came as an explanation to the article published in the Washington Post newspaper, which said that, a team of US and Russian experts, working under cover in Bulgaria, has disclosed 17 kg of enriched uranium.

The uranium containers were transported to Russia aboard a plane that left from the airport of Gorna Oryahovitsa situated in Northcentral Bulgaria, Vapirev explained.

Transport costs are covered by the US Department of Energy under a programme that aims to recover all Soviet-originated highly enriched uranium and return it to Russia for safekeeping and conversion.

The transportation of the uranium from Bulgaria to Russia is under a US-run international initiative for decreasing the uranium usage in the world.

In 1986 the uranium was delivered to Bulgaria for a 2 MgW-scientific unit, Emil Vapirev added. He also said that the fuel has been preserved at the country's only nuclear power plant in the town of Kozloduy.

When asked about the procedure for the transportation Vapirev said that experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have observed the entire procedure.

Earlier in the day Bulgarian media cited The Washington Post that claimed that US, Russian team disclosed in the Balkan country some 16kg uranium that could be used nuclear arms producion. According to the article the operation was a part of the a part of international terrorism combat.
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