The United States and Ukraine have signed a joint statement concerning extension of the operational safety enhancements, risk reduction measures and nuclear safety regulation for civil nuclear facilities in Ukraine.
Both sides are "seeking continue cooperation in order to, inter alia, enhance the safety of civil nuclear facilities in Ukraine, to develop operational safety procedures and protocols, to improve diagnostic capabilities and to improve regulatory effectiveness by developing appropriate regulatory standards, requirements and procedures," the statement posted on the website of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv said.
The document was signed by U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin in Kyiv on November 12.
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The two signatories say they recognize the Multilateral Nuclear Safety Initiative announced on May 23, 1992 and intend to build upon the framework for cooperation set forth in the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Ukraine Regarding Humanitarian and Technical Economic Cooperation, signed at Washington on May 7, 1992.
They also support "the goals and objectives of the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Ukraine concerning Operational Safety Enhancements, Risk Reduction Measures and Nuclear Safety Regulation for Civilian Nuclear Facilities in Ukraine, signed at Kyiv on October 25, 1993, as amended and extended (the 1993 Agreement)."
What is more, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reaffirmed their intention to renew the 1993 Agreement by the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Ukraine for five years, via an agreement between the two Governments by an exchange of diplomatic notes.