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Russia, Ecuador strike deal on nuclear power cooperation

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Nikolai Spassky  - Sputnik International
Russia and Ecuador have signed a memorandum on civilian nuclear power cooperation

MOSCOW, August 21 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and Ecuador have signed a memorandum on civilian nuclear power cooperation, a spokesman from Russia's state-controlled civilian nuclear power corporation Rosatom told RIA Novosti on Friday.

The memorandum between Rosatom and Ecuador's Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy includes cooperation in geological research and development of uranium fields, as well as projecting and building nuclear power plants and research reactors. Cooperation would also involve nuclear fuel production and developing the legal framework for Ecuador's nuclear sector.

"Yesterday the ministry of electricity and renewable energy signed a memorandum of understanding with the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom)... to carry out research in technologies and nuclear devices that may effectively be used in our country," an Ecuadorean government statement read.

Ecuador does not have nuclear power plants or the technology to produce nuclear energy.

Ecuador's leftist president Rafael Correa said last year that Quito plans on strengthening military ties with Moscow.


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