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Rwanda, Russia sign nuclear energy deal

Rwandan government has signed with the Russian state-owned nuclear group Rosatoma, a memorandum of understanding that will be focusing on cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, according to an official statement issued Tuesday in Kigali.This is the first agreement between the two countries regarding the peaceful uses of atomic energy, the statement said.

The deal was concluded by Rosatom deputy director-general and International Affairs Department director Nikolay Spasskiy and Rwandan Ambassador to Russia Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, it said.

Under the agreement, the two parties will deepen cooperation in the upstream and downstream nuclear power industry chain, including the development of a nuclear infrastructure in Rwanda.

It is expected that Rwanda and Rosatom will also set up joint working groups which will identify specific cooperation projects.

The next step in this bilateral cooperation is expected to be the drawing up of a framework Russia-Rwanda Intergovernmental Agreement, the statement said.

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