WASHINGTON, DC -- President Obama lauded Ukraine for moving a big part of its stockpile of highly enriched uranium to Russia for disposal, part of a deal with the United States to reduce the threat of nuclear terrorism.
"I congratulate President (Viktor) Yanukovych on the recent shipment of highly enriched uranium from Ukraine for secure disposal in Russia, which advances a top priority for my administration and for global security.
This action brings us all one step closer to securing all vulnerable nuclear materials, as President Yanukovych and I and 45 other world leaders pledged to do this April at the Nuclear Security Summit.
The low enriched uranium and nuclear safety equipment provided to Ukraine in connection with this shipment will support Ukraine's development of safe and secure nuclear energy.
These actions represent continued Ukrainian leadership in making sure that nuclear weapons never fall into the hands of a terrorist, and working toward a world without nuclear weapons."