The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Council of Heads of Government will today virtually convene to discuss the implementation of its economic development plan within the post-Soviet states.
Today’s CIS meeting will finalise two agreements that regulate cooperation in cross-border transport of radioactive materials and digital infrastructure. The Council is set to sign several subset agreements regarding the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, agricultural innovation and improving the quality of life of war veterans. Currently, CIS is paying close attention to issues regarding regulation of radioactive waste management, decommissioning of nuclear hazardous facilities and the reclamation of territories affected by uranium mining.
As CIS takes important steps towards regulating the use of nuclear energy and streamlining safety measures, expect the adaptation of these agreements. In the last decade, the organisation has yielded little by way of regional solutions due to internal conflicts and Russia’s preference of bilateralism. However, the results of today’s meeting highlight a continued interest in future energy cooperation. With Russia planning to expand the role of nuclear energy and developing new reactor technology, this regulatory framework paves the way for Russian nuclear goods and services to be exported to CIS countries, preserving Moscow’s foothold in the region.
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