Trilateral meeting brings U.S., U.K. and Russia together for nuclear security discussion

Members of the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration, U.K.'s Ministry of Defence and Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation met on Nov. 5-6 in Lisbon to discuss mutual challenges in securing nuclear material.

The Nuclear Security Best Practices Exchange was created in 2005 after President George W. Bush and President Valdimir Putin made their Joint Statement on Nuclear Security Cooperation. President Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev reaffirmed the commitments in 2009. The U.K. joined the workshop in 2008.

"We are pleased to continue this critical dialogue concerning nuclear security best practices with our Russian and U.K. partners," NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington said. "These exchanges provide a unique opportunity to learn from each other and it is encouraging to see how the discussions have broadened and deepened over the years. Together, we are advancing the highest standards in nuclear security, which is an integral component of our mutual effort to secure nuclear materials worldwide."

The workshop provides a venue for each country's technical experts and policy makers to present best practices in nuclear material security and related challenges in securing the material from theft or seizure.

NNSA's International Material Protection and Cooperation program sponsors the trilateral workshops, and partners with the Russian Federation, among other countries, to strengthen nuclear weapon and nuclear material security worldwide.