Russia and India have agreed to co-operate in developing new generation reactors for nuclear power plants, according to Sergei Kiriyenko, head of the state-controlled nuclear corporation Rosatom.

This is one consequence of a nuclear co-operation agreement signed on 20 December in the presence of Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, who was on a two-day official visit to India, and India’s prime minister Manmohan Singh.

“This refers to co-operation in developing… fast neutron reactors,” Kiriyenko said, adding that both countries have made much progress in the area. “Because India has the world’s largest thorium deposits, this is a possible area for developing fast neutron reactors,” Kiriyenko said.