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Medvedev proposes new global convention for nuclear safety

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday he had drawn up proposals for a new convention on nuclear safety, 25 years on from the Chernobyl disaster.

“Today I have forwarded proposals to leaders of the largest states, our friends and partners from the CIS, naturally from Ukraine which are aimed at ensuring the proper development of nuclear energy,” Medvedev said.

“It looks like we will have to think about preparing new international conventions.” The CIS is the main grouping of post-Soviet states, including Russia.

Speaking at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, Medvedev added his proposal was also designed to ensure that the likes of the Chernobyl and most recently Fukushima nuclear accidents will never be repeated.