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    SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL IMPORTS DO NOT POSE DANGER TO ENVIRONMENT

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    KRASNOYARSK, February 27 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said spent nuclear fuel imports will not cause any problems whatsoever.

    "As of today, I cannot foresee any problems (in connection with spent nuclear fuel imports)," the president said as he was answering questions from students of the Siberian Technological University.

    "If we import spent nuclear fuel observing the required rules, if we import nuclear waste from Russia-supplied fuel, and if we allocate appropriate funds to address environmental, including nuclear contamination, issues, the decision to import nuclear waste will be justified," said President Putin.

    The failure to meet these requirements may cause problems, admitted the president.

    Mr Putin said he held frequent meetings with environmentalists and that issue dominated their discussions, among others. The president agreed with experts' opinion that tough control on the part of society over the import of spent nuclear fuel and over the distribution of relevant earnings was necessary.

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