Russia, US to sign civilian nuclear pact: Source

Russia and the United States will sign a long awaited civilian nuclear cooperation pact on Tuesday, the last full day of Vladimir Putin's presidency, a Russian official said.

Russia, US to sign civilian nuclear pact: Source
"The agreement will be signed on Tuesday in Moscow," the official said on condition his name was not used.

He added that Sergei Kiriyenko, chief of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, and U.S. Ambassador to Russia William Burns would sign the document.

The deal will allow the former Cold War foes to widen cooperation in areas such as a uranium bank and the storage of nuclear materials and let them work together on advanced reactor programmes.

A 123 agreement, so-called because it falls under section 123 of the Atomic Energy Act, is required before countries can cooperate on nuclear materials.

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