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    Russia's federal nuclear power agency said Wednesday it would meet with officials from the UN nuclear watchdog later this week to discuss cooperation in scrapping Russian nuclear submarines, and building radioactive waste storage facilities.

    MOSCOW, October 11 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's federal nuclear power agency said Wednesday it would meet with officials from the UN nuclear watchdog later this week to discuss cooperation in scrapping Russian nuclear submarines, and building radioactive waste storage facilities.

    The meeting with the International Atomic Energy Agency's 12-nation Contact Expert Group, to be held in Munich October 11-13, will feature reports on some of the nuclear waste management projects currently being implemented in Russia with the help of member countries, including Germany Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Great Britain and the United States.

    These will include programs to dismantle decommissioned nuclear-powered submarines of Russia's northwestern fleet under the G8 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction; to build a disposal facility to recycle solid radioactive waste from icebreakers operated by the Russian shipping company Atomflot; and to decontaminate the Gremikh military base, near the border with Norway.

    The contact group was established under the auspices of the IAEA in 1996 to promote and coordinate international radioactive waste projects in Russia. Along with the UN nuclear watchdog, it also comprises the European Commission, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and the International Science and Technology Center.

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