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    RUSSIA REMAINS LEADER IN VITAL SEGMENTS OF NUCLEAR POWER INDUSTRY

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    MOSCOW, April 24 (RIA Novosti) -Russia retains leading positions in vital segments of the nuclear power industry, Alexander Rumyantsev, head of the Federal Nuclear Power Service, said in an interview with the Mayak radio station on Saturday.

    Among other things, he said that Russia continues to keep leading positions in technologies of uranium enrichment and isotope recovery.

    Russia also remains a leader in military nuclear technologies. Furthermore, according to Mr. Rumyantsev, all Russian projects concerning construction of nuclear power plants are fully in line with contemporary world standards.

    Head of the Federal Nuclear Power Service also said that over the past decade a number of countries have been jointly developing an international program for construction of an experimental thermonuclear reactor. Russia plays the leading role in the ongoing thermonuclear research conducted in cooperation with the USA, European Union, Japan, South Korea and China. At present, Alexander Rumyantsev said, "difficult talks" are underway as to the location of the world's first thermonuclear reactor. Two sites are currently under consideration - one in Japan and the other in France, he noted.

    Alexander Rumyantsev also reminded the audience that Russia had long ago successfully accomplished all R&D work for construction of floating nuclear power plants. Inadequate funding, however, hampers implementation of this far-reaching project, head of the Federal Nuclear Power Service said.

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