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The main findings of the Third Russian International Conference on Nuclear Material Protection, Control and Accounting, Obninsk, RF, 16–20 May, 2005

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The First and the Second Russian International Conferences on Material Protection, Control and Accounting (MPC&A), held in 1997 and 2000, under the US-Russian programme of the MPC&A cooperation, proved to be a useful tool for Russian and US specialists and experts from other countries for sharing their opinions and exchanging achievements in this sensitive area. The recommendation to hold the third MPC&A Conference in Russia was formulated in the final document of the second conference in 2000. The results of the US-Russian cooperation are especially valuable because they demonstrate how much can be done through the joint efforts of even previously adversarial countries. This paper gives a summary of the main findings of the Third Russian Conference on the MPC&A with a specific emphasis on physical protection of Russian nuclear materials and nuclear facilities.

Keywords: nuclear security, nuclear materials, nuclear facilities, physical protection, accountability, control, USA, United States, Russia, threat reduction, security culture, nuclear governance, international cooperation

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