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http://rt.com/news/224291-russia-nuclear-material-security/

Moscow and Washington have officially ceased 20 years of co-operation over securing storage of nuclear material in Russia, US media reports. Russia’s Rosatom warned that no new contracts with the US were expected in 2015.

The declaration on stopping co-operation in the nuclear material protection sphere was signed on December 16, The Boston Globe reported on Monday. The newspaper obtained a three-page document that draws a line under 21 years of fruitful cooperation between the two nations’ nuclear agencies.

The decisive talks took place in Moscow over a month ago, but the outcome remained secret until early this week.

The meeting was attended by reportedly well over 40 experts from both sides, representing various industries dealing with the use of fission material. According to the Globe, the American delegation consisted of officials from the US State Department, Department of Energy, the Pentagon and its nuclear weapons labs. The Russian host party was made up of officials representing dismantling entities that varied from arms control to outgoing nuclear submarines’ disposal.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the US assisted Russia in securing its huge stockpiles of weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium, as well as financing dismantling nuclear weapons.

Over the two decades of the Cooperative Threat Reduction programs, the US reportedly spent $2 billion, with $100 million allocated for 2015 and plans to continue the programs until at least 2018. The money was spent on creating a computerized record keeping system, personnel training, inventory of fission materials, and withdrawal of fission materials from former Soviet republics.

Starting from January 1, joint security operations at Russia’s 18 civilian facilities with weapons-grade nuclear material have been discontinued, as well as further security upgrades in 7 ‘closed nuclear cities’ hosting military and civilian nuclear laboratories, institutes and nuclear research centers.

Russian authorities scotched America’s plans to install radiation sensors in the country’s airports, seaports and border crossings that would monitor Russia’s fission material circulation to “catch potential nuclear smugglers,” according to the official version.

Russia also stopped work on diluting its weapons-grade plutonium and uranium stock into a “less dangerous” form, previously conducted at two facilities.

Installation of high-tech surveillance systems at 13 nuclear material storage buildings in Russia has also been called off....

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Installation of high-tech surveillance systems at 13 nuclear material storage buildings in Russia has also been called off....

how long before a cash strapped oligarch steals and sells them to the Saudis?

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how long before a cash strapped oligarch steals and sells them to the Saudis?

I'd be more worried about the American nukes, personally. They haven't been systematically firing loads of American high-ranking officers/miltary command for no reason ...

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I'd be more worried about the American nukes, personally. They haven't been systematically firing loads of American high-ranking officers/miltary command for no reason ...

Yourv'e lost me on that one?

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It's beginning to sound like a C.O.D. video game (Crash of Derivatives)

"We have one shot to grab the President before he gives up the launch codes and Makarov turns Europe into glass."

Boy have I enjoyed that game.

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how long before a cash strapped oligarch steals and sells them to the Saudis?

There is some evidence Saudi already has a couple of Nukes courtesy of Pakistan and a rather large Saudi contribution to paying some of Pakistans debts.

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Obama has fired upwards of 190 Generals/high-ranking officers in the last 5 years. Make of that what you will.

Do we know how many Generals/high-ranking officers are fired in an "average" year?

The US armed forces are absolutely hummongous, 190 might be a drop in the ocean, and no more than the "average".

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