Russia says Japan nuclear accident no threat to Far East

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The accident at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant has not posed any radioactive threat to Russia's Far East region, the head of Russia's nuclear agency said on Thursday.

"There is no threat to the Russian Far East and the Kuril islands," the head of Rosatom, Sergei Kiriyenko, was quoted as saying by ITAR-TASS news agency.

Kiriyenko presented the results of Russia's geographical society verification mission to the Far East, including Vladivostok, the main city in the region which is some 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) from Fukushima plant.

Russia stepped up radioactive monitoring following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami crippled the facility, with meltdowns reported in three reactors and high levels of radiation leaked into the environment.

Like other countries Russia also prohibited the import of food products from several Japanese regions.

© 2011 AFP

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