U.S., Ukraine Step Up Nuclear Security and Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Materials

Thu Mar 21, 2013 5:11pm EDT

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KYIV, Ukraine, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

    The United States will assist Ukraine on the issues of nuclear security and help
completely remove the remains of highly enriched uranium (HEU). Such statement was made
during the meeting between President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and U.S. Under
Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman. In addition to nuclear security
the parties also discussed Ukraine's intentions to join the European Union.  

    "We are ready to fruitfully cooperate in nuclear security and non-proliferation of
nuclear materials," said Ukrainian president noting that such cooperation demonstrates
reliable Ukrainian-American partnership. In addition, Viktor Yanukovych noted that
Ukraine had been working on introducing new technology that would replace HEU with the
low enriched uranium.  

    The removal of dangerous HEU has been going on at different sites including the
Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology, where the U.S. promised to build a new
Neutron Source Facility which operates on much safer low-enriched uranium.  

    Notably, Ukraine has been disposing of solid propellant for the intercontinental
ballistic missiles SS-24 in Pavlohrad, Dnipropetrovsk region. According to President
Yanukovych, soon Ukraine will launch the shop where missile casings may also be
recycled.  

    "Ukraine is willing to further develop strategic relations with USA. Our cooperation
on the basis of Charter on Strategic Partnership is the key to efficient joint actions,"
said President Yanukovych during the meeting with Under Secretary of State Sherman.  

    In addition, the Ukrainian leader commended on the assistance of the U.S. in
democratization of Ukraine. He stressed that a large number of reforms that are taking
place in Ukraine these days had been developed with the help of international experts,
including experts from the U.S. "We really appreciate it and are grateful for it," -
said the Head of State.  

    According to Wendy Sherman, the U.S. authorities are going to discuss with Ukraine
reforms necessary for European integration. U.S. Under Secretary of State Sherman also
noted that most Ukrainians want to join the EU. If Ukraine were really to become the
part of the EU then it would have healthy and strong relations with Russia while
maintaining its independence, said Sherman. Becoming a part of the Customs Union,
however, will provide Ukraine with an access to a relatively small market, she said.   

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