The Russian Government mandated the State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM to negotiate with the U.S. Department of Energy signing of an implementing agreement “concerning cooperation in research into feasibility of conversion of the Russian research reactors to use low enriched uranium fuel.” Related directive No 1919-r of October 30, 2010, was signed by Russian Chairman of the Government Vladimir Putin.
ROSATOM explained that the matter is the financing of a feasibility study of conversion of the Russian research reactors to use fuel of lower enrichment. The negotiations with the U.S. on this issue are planned to hold during a visit of Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman to Moscow in December.
The Russian-American cooperation in this area is carried out in frames of the Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors Program. The program is aimed at reducing a potential threat of the use of radioactive materials for terrorist purposes and provides for conversion of research reactors to fuel enriched up to 20% with uranium-235.