February 7, 2011 / 6:16 PM / in 7 years

UPDATE 1-Japan to ratify civil nuclear pact with Russia - Nikkei

Feb 8 (Reuters) - The Japanese government is planning to ratify its civilian nuclear cooperation agreement with Russia by submitting the proposed pact to the Diet as early as this month, the Nikkei business daily reported.

Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, who is scheduled to visit Russia starting Thursday, is expected to report these plans to Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov when they meet, the paper said.

The proposed agreement calls for bilateral cooperation in civilian nuclear development, such as exchanging nuclear materials and technology, the Nikkei said.

In May 2009, Prime Minister Taro Aso and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin signed the agreement.

However, Japan has held off on submitting it to the Diet as Russia failed to meet some of the requirements, such as inspections, the paper said.

Russia ratified the pact in January, prompting Japan to resume the process on its end, the Nikkei said. (Reporting by Anand Basu in Bangalore; Editing by Maju Samuel)

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