Russia’s state nuclear agency Rosatom said on Friday that Moscow and Belgrade had signed an inter-governmental agreement on joint projects in the peaceful use of nuclear energy and a statement on a strategic partnership to build a nuclear science, technology and innovation centre in Serbia.
The intergovernmental agreement was signed as a follow-up to the Joint statement on the principles of cooperation in the field of innovation and technological development in the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, which was signed on May 15, 2018 during the international forum "ATOMEXPO-2018" in Sochi, the press release said.
The package of agreements signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Serbia creates the a legal foundation for the practical implementation of joint nuclear energy projects for peaceful purposes, it said.
According to the press release, the intergovernmental agreement establishes a wide range of cooperation areas between the two countries, including, assistance in building and improving nuclear energy infrastructure in Serbia, designing, constructing and upgrading research nuclear reactors, nuclear medicine development, implementation of fundamental and applied research in nuclear energy, development of innovations, new technologies and modern digital technologies in nuclear energy, radiation technologies application in agriculture, industry; education, training and retraining of specialists for the nuclear industry.
Rosatom CEO Alexey Likhachev said that Serbia has “unique potential and experience in the development and use of nuclear technologies” and added that projects have been identified that will combine human and technical resources from both countries. The nuclear science, technology and innovation centre stimulate bilateral cooperation and serve as a cooperation platform for the entire Central European region, he said.
Under the agreement joint working groups will be formed for specific projects and research, expert exchanges, seminars and conferences, education and training and supplying equipment and components.