Russia, Cuba agree to renew joint nuclear research
Russia and Cuba have agreed to renew their cooperation in nuclear research with Cuba`s Nuclear Energy Agency, head of Rosatom Sergei Kiriyenko said on Wednesday.
The announcement came during an awards ceremony in Moscow where Cuban scientific aide Fidel Angel Castro Diaz-Balart, Fidel Castro`s son, received the Russian Kurchatov Award for his work in the nuclear sphere.
"On behalf of the entire nuclear division, I present the highest award...the Kurchatov Award, to Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart. Today, we will renew our cooperation at [Cuba`s] nuclear research center that will allow us to develop a number of directions in modern science," Kiriyenko said.
Russian-Cuban nuclear cooperation was halted in 1992 after the construction of an atomic plant in Cuba was frozen.
Diaz-Balart, 59, is a member of Cuba`s Academy of Sciences and studied theoretical physics in the Soviet Union. He has published numerous scientific papers in Cuba, Spain and Russia.
In the 1980s, he headed Cuba`s nuclear agency at the time that the Soviet Union and Cuba started the construction of a nuclear plant. The agency now works in a number of areas in nuclear physics, including biotechnology and the development of nanotechnology.