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Russia makes a very valuable contribution to the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency
Russia makes a very valuable contribution to the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and approaches all activities of the agency in the atomic sphere in a weighed way, IAEA director general Mohammed El Baradei said at his talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday. He said he was going to raise at the meeting the question of the broader use of atomic energy, the need for reduction of risk of the wrong use of nuclear energy and an idea for such use. Russia’s opinion is very important for the IAEA, El Baradei said. Lavrov in turn said that “Russia confirms the consistent support to the activity of Mohammed ElBaradei as the head of the IAEA”. “El Baradei has acquitted himself as a professional who guides himself by documents in a weighed way, which ensures a lack of politicisation of his work,” Lavrov said. El Baradei said in Moscow on Wednesday that the situation with nuclear safety in Russia had become much more favourable. Not all issues have been lifted, El Baradie said, adding that there are problems that kill his night sleep, but Russia is not among them. Questions about nuclear programmes of North Korea, Libya and Iran remain, but the UN Security Council can be addressed about them only in case the international community is unable to persuade some or another country to stop enrichment of nuclear materials, he said. El Baradei said the organisation proposes a 5-10 year ban on the construction of new nuclear facilities. This can be done after certain countries are given guarantees of fuel and technology deliveries, securing in exchange their refusal to reprocess nuclear materials. This would solve 80 percent of problems in the nuclear sphere. It would be difficult for the countries to dispute with the international community if such deliveries were guaranteed to them, the IAEA chief said. Besides, about 50 percent of states already have spent nuclear fuel and do not know what to do with it. The IAEA, the US and Russia are discussing a possibility of making a so-called fuel bank. Russia shows significant interest in what could become an international depositary, El Baradei said
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