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The 123 Agreement Between U.S. and Russia on Nuclear Waste Disposal. Recently the Russian-American relationship has been strengthened by a legally binding document the 123 Agreement, which came into force in January 2011 and contained information abou

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The 123 Agreement Between U.S. and Russia on Nuclear Waste Wisposal

Recently the Russian-American relationship has been strengthened by a legally binding document - the 123 Agreement, which came into force in January 2011 and contained information about "reprocessing" of the US nuclear waste on the Russian territory (WRP 2011). The 123 Agreement was officially produced and discussed back in 2008, during the G-8 Summit meeting between the former President of the United States, George W. Bush and the Prime-Minister of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. The parties agreed that the 123 Agreement was the best possible way to encounter and solve the issue of large aggregations of the nuclear waste of America that have been temporarily stored without any progress on the Yucca mountain repository construction (WRP 2011). The issue of nuclear waste and nuclear energy as a concept has been addressed and criticized many times from the sustainable development point of view, questioning the ability to develop and consume the available resources without jeopardizing the future generations' ability to use those resources in the same manner, i.e. not exceeding the ability of nature to replenish those resources (UN, Our Common Future 1987). Also the idea

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