The UK is to give £40 million worth of support this year to help clean up the nuclear, chemical and biological legacies in Russia and other Former Soviet Union (FSU) countries.
Key projects that the UK is funding include the dismantling of two Oscar class nuclear submarines; the construction of a spent nuclear fuel facility; and support for a number of projects which enhance nuclear security.
The UK has been working to help manage the nuclear, biological and chemical legacies of the FSU since the early 1990s. In 2002, G8 leaders pledged to provide up to $20 billion over ten years for a new Global Partnership against the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
The Prime Minister announced that the UK would make up to $750 million available to fund projects in pursuit of the Partnership’s aims.
‘The nuclear legacy of the Former Soviet Union is one of the most important challenges facing the international community,’ said Trade and Industry Minister Nigel Griffiths. ‘The serious environmental, security and proliferation threats it represents do not respect international boundaries and could pose a direct threat to the UK and the whole world, if not managed carefully.’