Belarus Freezes HEU Pact with U.S.
On 19 August 2011, Belarus Foreign Ministry announced that Belarus has suspended an agreement to give up its supply of highly enriched uranium (HEU). The move comes in response to the latest wave of economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. as punishment for a crackdown on government opposition. Under the original agreement, Belarus agreed to transfer its supply of HEU fuel by 2012 to Russia, where it was to be down blended, in exchange for U.S. financial aid. In its statement, the Foreign Ministry said that Belarus would restart the transfer program only when the U.S. removes the sanctions.
Abstract Number: 20110450
Headline: Belarus Freezes HEU Pact with U.S.
Date: 19 August 2011
Bibliography: "Belarus Suspends Pact to Give Up Enriched Uranium," The New York Times, 20 August 2011, www.nytimes.com
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