Kazakhstan is forging closer ties with Russia on energy policy and is planning to sign an agreement for the construction of a nuclear power plant in the north-eastern town of Kurchatov.

Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov was quoted by Russian media outlet RIA Novosti as saying that, “There is a memorandum on the construction of a nuclear power plant, and [Sergey] Kiriyenko [CEO of the Rosatom state corporation] will go there [to Astana to sign the document].”
Kazakhstan is examining a strategy to build nuclear power plants in its energy-deficient regions.

Russia is also in talks with Kazakhstan for bilateral cooperation in the fuel and energy sector, Ushakov said. The two nations will also sign four agreements on the peaceful uses of atomic energy which also includes a comprehensive program of cooperation in the nuclear energy sphere, Ushakov added.

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