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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nuclear Safety Affirmed

MOSCOW -- Russia on Thursday rejected Western claims that its nuclear materials are poorly guarded, asserting that security measures meet and even exceed international standards.

The Nuclear Power Ministry said the Western reports were totally unjustified, Itar-Tass reported. American experts who have visited Russian nuclear facilities were satisfied with safety, the ministry was reported as saying.

"During their visits to Russia the U.S. experts have more than once been convinced that the nuclear materials there were safely protected,'' ministry spokesman Yury Bespalko was quoted as saying.

Security protecting Russia's nuclear materials is even worse than had been estimated previously, the U.S. National Research Council said in a report this week. The council, an arm of the U.S. National Academy of Science, urged the United States to work with Russia for at least another decade on improving the protection of nuclear items.