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    Russia's Federation Council to Review Bill Halting Plutonium Deal With US

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    A bill on the suspension of the Russian-US agreement on the disposal of weapons-grade plutonium is included in the draft agenda of Russia's Federation Council meeting on October 26, according to its official website.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, the lower house of Russian parliament ratified the bill, put forward by Russian President Vladimir Putin on October 3. According to Putin, the suspension of the existing agreement is motivated by fundamental changes in US-Russian relations.

    The deal on the disposal of weapons-grade plutonium signed in 2000 stipulated that both sides were obliged to dispose of 34 tons of weapons-grade plutonium by burning it in nuclear reactors, starting in 2018.

    Russia has created all necessary infrastructure to destroy plutonium under the deal, while the United States has failed to meet its obligations intending to mix plutonium with other materials placing it in a radioactive waste repository.

    Russia demands reduction of military infrastructure and presence of US forces on the territories of NATO countries that joined the alliance after September 1, 2000, to the level where they were on the day the plutonium agreement and its protocols were signed in order for the deal to come into force again.

    Moreover, Moscow calls on Washington to abandon its hostile policy towards Russia, in particular, to revoke the Magnitsky Act and lift all anti-Russian sanctions imposed for alleged involvement in Ukraine’s affairs. Moscow also demands compensation for damages incurred by Russia as a result of the imposed sanctions, including losses from the forced countersanctions against the United States.

    Finally, Russia urges the United States to submit a clear plan of irreversible disposal of plutonium which corresponds to the agreement.

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