Russia to contribute $6.5 million to global nuclear security

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UNITED NATIONS. November 3. KAZINFORM. Russia is planning to contribute $6.5 million to the IAEA Nuclear Security Fund (NSF) in 2010-2015, Russia's envoy to the UN said on Monday; Kazinform refers to RIA Novosti.

"Russia has made a decision to allocate a large voluntary contribution to the IAEA Nuclear Security Fund - $1.5 million in 2010 and $1 mln annually in 2011-2015," Vitaly Churkin told a meeting of the UN General Assembly, adding that he hooped the money would contribute to the strengthening of the system of nuclear safety.

The official also said that Russia contributed 23.6 mln rubles (over $800,000) to the IAEA Technical Cooperation Fund in 2009 and would continue making voluntary contributions in line with prior agreements with the IAEA.

In addition, Moscow contributed $10 mln to the Chernobyl Shelter Fund (CSF) in 2009 and will allocate another $7 mln to the fund next year, Churkin said; Kazinform cites RIA Novosti. See www.en.rian.ru for full version.

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