Putin orders review of Russian nuclear sector

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Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ordered Russia to carry out a review of the future of its atomic energy sector after the Japanese earthquake.

"I request that the energy ministry, nuclear agency and environment ministry carry out an analysis of the current condition of the atomic sector and an analysis of the plans for future development," he told an official meeting.

Putin ordered that "within one month the results of the investigation (are delivered) to the government."

He said that Russia did not have atomic power stations built on earthquake fautlines and had no plans to build them there. "We need to be prepared to act in any eventuality," he added.

Putin's remarks are the first time the Russian leadership has questioned the future of nuclear energy in Russia after the Japanese earthquake, which damaged the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Russia is one of the world's most significant producers of nuclear energy and it also builds nuclear power stations abroad.

© 2011 AFP

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