U.S., Ukraine Sign Deal to Remove HEU to Russia
On 26 September 2011, the United States and Ukraine signed an agreement to remove Ukraine's stockpile of highly enriched uranium (HEU), enough to build several nuclear weapons. The deal was announced at the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit but was not formalized until September 2011. The material is to be shipped to Russia by April 2012, where it will be blended down and rendered unusable for weapons purposes . As part of the HEU deal, the U.S. is building a $25 million dollar accelerator that Ukraine will use for research and production of radioisotopes. In 2010, United States already helped Ukraine transfer 110 pounds (50 kg) of highly enriched uranium to Russia .
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Headline: U.S., Ukraine Sign Deal to Remove HEU to Russia
Date: 26 September 2011
 "US, Ukraine sign nuclear cooperation deal," Agence France Presse, 26 September 2011, www.google.com/hostednews
[2 "Remarks by the U.S. Head of Delegation Dr. Zbiniew Brzezinski at the Kyiv Summit on the Safe ad Innovative use of Nuclear Energy," 19 April 2011, http://ukraine.usembassy.gov
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