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Putin praised the importance of ITER

Operation of the international thermonuclear experimental reactor ITER as a unique source of energy will contribute to achieve sustainable economic development and improving the quality of life of millions of people, said the President of Russia Vladimir Putin in his greeting to participants in France on Tuesday ceremony to mark the start of work on the Assembly and installation of equipment of the reactor.

Welcome text via videoconference was read by Director General of Rosatom state Corporation Alexey Likhachev.

"Today, the ITER project is entering a decisive phase of its implementation. Despite the limitations associated with the pandemic coronavirus infection, managed to keep the smooth pace of work", - said the Russian leader.

"This allows us to calculate that the project objectives are achieved within the planned time and in the foreseeable future we will get a unique in its power and safety energy source, the operation of which will undoubtedly contribute to the challenges of sustainable economic development and improve the quality of life of millions of people", - said Putin.

Demonstration reactor ITER (ITER, International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) is being built near the research center of Cadarache in the South of France together with the European Union, Russia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and the United States. This will be the first large-scale attempt to show the possibility of using fusion reaction for producing energy on an industrial scale. If successful, the ITER project will humanity be able to rely on the possession of an almost inexhaustible source of energy. It is planned that the start-up of the reactor and receiving its first plasma will take place in 2025.

In the ITER project involved a total of 35 countries, including 29 countries of the EU and Russia, USA, India, China, Japan, South Korea. United Europe, as the host country of the ITER contributes 45% of the construction cost of installation, other countries, including Russia – by 9%.