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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kazakhstan Also Wants Uranium

KIEV -- Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev said Thursday his country wanted to open discussions to receive a share of enriched uranium from dismantled former Soviet missiles.


Nazarbayev, speaking to reporters on arrival in Kiev, said Kazakhstan was entitled to its share of compensation after Ukraine, Russia and the United States last week signed a disarmament pact involving proceeds from uranium sales.


"Each state must receive compensation for the quantity of enriched uranium contained in warheads on its territory," he said. "Together with Russia, we must sign an accord to set down the basis of compensation, either on a bilateral or four-sided basis."


Nazarbayev was in Kiev to initiate economic, trade and other links between Kazakhstan and Ukraine.


Soviet nuclear weapons were deployed in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Last week's agreement provides for Ukraine to receive about $1 billion from $12 billion set aside from the sale of uranium from dismantled missiles.


The agreement was intended to address Ukrainian demands for compensation and security guarantees in exchange for giving up the 1,600 missiles on its territory.