The parties signed two documents on nuclear cooperation at the 61st IAEA General Conference held in Vienna on 19 September.
The first document is a protocol to the Nuclear Ammunition Disposal Cooperation and Settlement Agreement signed by Russia and Kazakhstan on 20 January 1995. This document formalizes successful completion of the world’s largest disarmament project. Following implementation of the agreement, nearly 500 tons of weapons-grade uranium from Russian and Kazakh nuclear ammunitions was converted to civil uranium. The protocol provides for mutual procedures to regulate project-related financial settlements. The second document is the Russian-Kazakh Agreement on Cooperation in Nuclear Power Research and Development. This agreement is predetermined by historical ties between Russia and Kazakhstan in nuclear energy, and extensive potential offered by these ties. Its goal is to facilitate the advancement of Russian-Kazakh cooperation in the civil nuclear industry.