ST. PETERSBURG, January 25 (RIA Novosti) - Global infrastructure should be established to give all interested countries access to nuclear energy with reliable guarantees that the nuclear non-proliferation regime will be observed, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday. Putin said Russia was ready to build an international center "to offer nuclear fuel cycle services, including [uranium] enrichment under the control of the IAEA".
The Russian leader said the center under the control of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN's nuclear watchdog, would be open to every nation.
He said technological innovations were needed to build new-generation reactors and fuel cycles, and this required broad international cooperation.
"We will propose this approach to G8 member states during our presidency and all our partners in the sphere of peaceful use of nuclear energy," Putin added.
Russia is presiding over the club of the world's eight most industrialized nations in 2006.