The President reminded that Ukraine had supported the initiative of the U.S. President on nuclear security and nonproliferation.
Viktor Yanukovych noted that although Ukraine has highly enriched uranium, our scientists do not have the technologies to conduct their research, which the U.S. does have. The President also added that storing highly enriched uranium poses certain threats to the country, particularly in terms of terrorists’ interest in these materials.
According to the President, his conversation on the subject with the U.S. President a year ago, actually concerned the possibility to synchronize actions of Ukraine and the United States in this area. "Ukraine is to remove a part of the highly enriched nuclear materials, and the U.S. is to provide us with technologies allowing our scientists to continue their studies on low-enriched uranium," Viktor Yanukovych said.
"Currently, the U.S. is ready to begin producing the equipment for us and gradually deliver it to our research centers. Certain documents are planned to be signed that will give guarantees on both sides that we will do this," he said. The President noted that both the U.S. and Ukraine have taken all necessary decisions and undergone certain procedures for their successful cooperation.
"Yesterday, during a meeting with President Obama, we have briefly discussed this issue and agreed that we would see a concrete result by the time of the Seoul Summit in April 2012. So this will be the contribution of Ukraine and the United States in this very important matter," Viktor Yanukovych said.
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