The opposition will insist on the adoption of a law to keep highly enriched uranium in Ukraine, opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko said at a meeting of the shadow cabinet on Thursday.

Commenting on a statement made by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in Washington regarding Ukraine's pledge to get rid of its stockpile of highly enriched uranium in the near future, Tymoshenko said: "Highly enriched uranium is required for our state so that Ukraine could be competitive in the world and develop its science," UKRINFORM reported

She said that Ukraine had a certain amount of highly enriched uranium, which is necessary for scientific research, including in the sphere of medicine. The refusal from this type of uranium, in her opinion, may not only deprive the state of specific technologies, but also throw it back in the field of nuclear research.

In this connection, the opposition will table in the Verkhovna Rada a bill that will ensure the preservation of highly enriched uranium in Ukraine and ban its removal from the state. "So, this law will provide support and the necessary development of domestic science," Tymoshenko said.

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