The Russian state-run civil nuclear corporation Rosatom may start direct supplies of enriched uranium to Japan following ratification of a bilateral agreement in Japan's Diet, Rosatom spokesman Sergei Novikov said on Friday.
"The document ... is very important for practical cooperation. In particular it paves the way for direct deliveries of enriched uranium to Japan, not through the third countries as is the case now," Novikov told RIA Novosti.
Ratification of the agreement will radically simplify supply routes, general director of Rosatom's sale subsidiary, Alexei Grigoriyev, told RIA Novosti.
"It meets with Tenex's plans ... to set up a new and more profitable route to transport enriched uranium products through Russian ports in country's Far East," Grigoriyev said, adding that nowadays the company had to deliver the products to Japan from St Petersburg's port.
The ratification of the bilateral agreement also gives opportunities to deliver higher quality products to Japan and enrich Japanese regenerated uranium, stored in Europe, in Russia.