Moscow, Sep 27 (IANS) Exercises in countering nuclear terrorism started here in the Russian capital Thursday that involved 58 countries as well as international observers, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said.
The Guard-2012 exercises had observers from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Interpol, and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Xinhua reported.
The exercises, held within the framework of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT), are aimed at demonstrating anti-terror measures.
The Russian defence ministry and state atomic agency Rosatom would demonstrate the country's latest technology for detecting nuclear materials and radioactive substances, the FSB said.
The report, however, did not mention for how long the exercises would take place.
In 2006, the presidents of Russia and the US jointly launched the GICNT at the G8 summit in Russia's St. Petersburg city.
The GICNT is an international partnership of 85 nations and four official observers. Its mission is to strengthen international cooperation to prevent, detect, and respond to nuclear terrorism. The US and Russia serve as co-chairs.