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Russia and Burma discuss ‘favourable conditions’ for nuclear technology

The core of a nuclear reactor (Photo: WIkiCommons/ Rama)

Russia is in preparatory talks with Burma over the necessary conditions for the introduction of nuclear technologies to the country, according to the head of the Russian atomic agency.

Speaking at the Nuclear Economic Industrial Forum in Tokyo on 13 April, the Russian Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom) Deputy Director General Kirill Komarov said: “Talks are being held with Myanmar [Burma] on the creation of favourable conditions for the supply of advanced nuclear technologies to the country; the favourable conditions include the preparation of the legal framework and training of personnel,”

“Those are preliminary negotiations, but like many other countries of the Asia-Pacific region, Myanmar is interested in increasing its generating capacities and could resort to the construction of a nuclear power plant,” Komarov said, according to the Russian state-owned Sputnik news agency.

Burma and Russian governments in 2007 signed a memorandum of understanding with the view to establish a nuclear research centre.

Following a visit to Burma last month of a second Rosatom Deputy Director General Nikolay Spassky, the nuclear agency released a statement of their intention to cooperate on a joint project.

During that trip, Spassky met with Burma’s vice-president of Burma, military Commander in Chief Sr -Gen Min Aung Hlaing, Science and Technology Minister Ko Ko Oo and Minister of Electric Power Khin Maung Soe.

Information Minister Ye Htut subsequently confirmed that Burma is hoping to cooperate with Russia on the peaceful use of nuclear power.

Burma has been a signatory of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) since 1992, and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency since 1957.