ASTANA – Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation signed a cooperation agreement in scientific research and developing nuclear energy, reported Kazakh Ministry of Energy press service. The document was inked during the 61st session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) general conference, held Sept. 18-22 in Vienna.
The general conference, involving delegations from IAEA member nations, is the main annual forum regarding peaceful use of nuclear energy. The agenda involved global issues related to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, meeting future energy demands, ensuring nuclear safety, nuclear energy and technical cooperation, as well as other important agency issues.
Kazakh Minister of Energy Kanat Bozumbayev, who traditionally heads the country’s delegation, reported on the nation’s contribution to developing and strengthening cooperation in the peaceful use of atomic energy. He also met with the U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Ukrainian Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Igor Nasalik to exchange views on key issues in developing nuclear energy.