US seeks ‘coordinated’ nuclear plan with Russia: Lavrov
Agence France Presse, Mar 13
MOSCOW, March 13, 2006 (AFP) -
Russia and the United States have similar plans for ensuring safe development of nuclear energy in the world and Washington wants the two countries to make a joint proposal on this at the G8 summit in July, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.
“You are aware of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal, which clears the way for safe development of nuclear energy in the world without the risk of proliferation of nuclear weapons,” Lavrov said at a conference on energy security in Moscow.
“President Bush shortly thereafter had a similar initiative,” said Lavrov, who met US President George W. Bush in Washington last week.
“During my latest visit, President Bush and the State Department showed interest in coordinating these parallel initiatives in the context of preparations for the G8 summit in Saint Petersburg and in order to have a common position” on the question, Lavrov said.
Putin first announced in January an initiative for the creation of an international “network” of sites for enriching uranium under close international monitoring to ensure provision of nuclear fuel to any country, “on a non-discriminatory basis,” interested in devloping nuclear power.
Russia currently holds the presidency of the Group of Eight (G8) countries. It has placed “energy security” at the top of its list of priorities for the G8, which will hold its annual summit in Putin’s hometown of Saint Petersburg in July.