On Tuesday Russia's Minister of Atomic Energy Alexander Rumyantsev who is staying in Washington on a working visit held meetings with chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee Republican Senator Richard Lugar and chairman of the Senate energy and natural resources committee Republican Senator Peter Domenici.
According to the Russian Minister of Atomic Energy, the talks confirmed that the U.S. Senate "regards with interest and benevolently" further continuation of the existing programs of Russian-US cooperation in the nuclear power industry, as well as in the field of the non-proliferation and ensuring of safe storage of nuclear materials.
It was stressed at these meetings that continuation of such cooperation between the USA and Russia meets the two states' "common goals", Rumyantsev said.
An explosion of household gas occurred in a nine-storeyed apartment building in the city of Shakhty, the Rostov region of Russia. The blast destroyed two storeys of the building