US’ Bodman meets Russian officials to discuss energy security
US energy secretary Samuel Bodman met with Russian officials in Moscow Wednesday to discuss energy security issues ahead of the Group of Eight energy ministerial meeting to be held in the Russian capital Thursday.
With Sergei Kirienko, Russia’s federal atomic energy agency, Bodman discussed “energy security issues, ways of creating mechanisms of fair access for new countries to cheap nuclear power while strictly keeping the non-proliferation regime, and anti-terror security on nuclear power plants,” Russia’s federal atomic energy agency said in a statement.
Kirienko and Bodman stressed the importance of cooperation on these issues, the statement said.
Bodman also met Russia’s deputy prime minister Dmitry Medvedev to discuss energy security, which Russia chose as the key topic of the G8 energy ministerial meeting and the forthcoming summit of the G8 leaders in St Petersburg in July.
Leading the US delegation to the energy meeting in Moscow, Bodman said he had “the same perspective on the development of the energy sector as Russia,” Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency reported him as saying.
Ahead of his trip to Russia, Bodman visited Kazakhstan Tuesday, meeting natural resources minister Baktykozha Izmukhambetov.
Bodman said the US was ready to cooperate with Kazakhstan in nuclear power generation, petrochemicals and renewables, the Kazakh ministry said in a statement.