White House moves to restore civilian nuclear ties with Russia

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Obama administration is preparing to revive a civilian nuclear cooperation deal with Moscow that President George W. Bush angrily canceled two years ago after Russia invaded Georgia, administration officials said Thursday.

The two officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter. One of the officials said the deal would be submitted to Congress for approval soon.

The State Department declined to comment.

The deal would allow the two countries to exchange nuclear energy technology, engage in joint commercial nuclear power ventures and collaborate on nonproliferation goals. Coming on the heels of the nuclear arms reduction treaty that Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed last month, it is the latest indication of Obama's attempts to reset relations with Russia.

Bush had submitted the deal to Congress in 2008 but withdrew it after Russia invaded its tiny, West-leaning neighbor, citing Russia's actions toward Georgia in his formal notice to Congress.

-- Associated Press

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