Great Britain will allocate about $3m to $5m a year for nuclear safety projects at nuclear power stations of Rosenergoatom, a Russian nuclear power concern. The corresponding agreement was reached between heads of the Russian concern and the UK department of trade and industry today. The British company BNFL will be responsible for distributing the funds.
Participants of today's meeting have come to a conclusion that UK funds allocated within the TASIS program for safety at Russian nuclear power stations are spent inefficiently and decided to set up direct collaboration. First contracts for implementing the safety program are expected to be signed at the end of the first quarter of 2003.
Two ballistic missiles attacked the US Navy destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) from the territory of Yemen. The destroyer came to the aid of the hijacked Central Park tanker of Zodiac Maritime