KYIV, Ukraine, March 21, 2013 /CNW/ - 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
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.
SOURCE: Worldwide News Ukraine
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