New atomic agreement between Egypt and Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin - REUTERS

CAIRO: Head of the Atomic Energy Commission Atef Abdel Hamid said in an interview with MENA Tuesday that Egypt and Russia have signed a new agreement on atomic energy in the framework of international cooperation between both countries.

The agreement took place in Moscow during a recent visit by the Head of the Atomic Energy Commission to Russia.

Abdel Hamid explained in the interview that Russia will start by conducting a security check on the first Egyptian research reactor and will prepare all studies needed for the rehabilitation and development of the reactor Russia built in the late fifties and started working on in 1961.

Abdel Hamid also said that Russia will supply the Atomic Energy Commission with nuclear fuel to run the second Egyptian reactor, built with Russia’s cooperation.

He added that the development of both reactors will be financed with a grant from the Russian government through the Egyptian Ministry of International Cooperation

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