MOSCOW – The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs – Internal Troops (MVS-IT) celebrated today the opening of the newly upgraded Lunevo Protective Force Training Center near Moscow. The center, renovated under a successful cost-sharing effort between NNSA and MVD-IT, acts as the primary facility for training protective forces that guard sensitive Russian nuclear facilities.
"The completion of this work is an important milestone in U.S.-Russian cooperation to account for, control and protect nuclear materials," NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation William H. Tobey said at the ceremony. "This project is another example of the U.S. and Russia's shared commitment to nuclear security."
Through this successful effort, Russia's MVD-IT invested approximately $3.5 million to renovate and improve existing infrastructure, while NNSA contributed approximately $1.5 million for training areas, barracks, and equipment for classrooms.
This work was carried out as part of the joint U.S.-Russia Material Protection, Control and Accounting program, under which the United States is assisting Russia in enhancing security for Russian weapon-grade materials and nuclear warheads. Eighty-five percent of the sites included in the program have been secured to date, and the balance of sites are scheduled to be complete in 2008.
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