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Representatives of Permanent Missions in Vienna visit Russia

19.02.2013

MOSCOW, FEBRUARY 19, 2013. PIR PRESS – “We appreciated Rosatom’s invitation to come to Russia and visit Kalininskaya Nuclear Power Plant. The Russian side generously provided us with comprehensive technical information on the safety of the plant in a very transparent manner. We are especially interested in this question after the Fukushima accident, and the openness of Rosatom indicated that Russia is very comfortable in the realm of peaceful nuclear energy. The presentation was also very timely, as it was on the eve of the Saint Petersburg Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power,” - Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna

On February 5-6, 2013, Rosatom and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs invited a delegation from various Permanent Missions to International Organizations in Vienna to visit Kalininskaya Nuclear Power Plant. Representatives from Armenia, Germany, Jordan, Iran, China, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Egypt, the Czech Republic, Japan, Russia, Hungary, Romania, France, and Lithuania learned about the safety systems at Kalininskaya NPP, which were strengthened after the Fukushima-Daiichi NPP accident.

According to Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna, “We appreciated Rosatom’s invitation to come to Russia and visit Kalininskaya nuclear power plant. The Russian side generously provided us with comprehensive technical information on the safety of the plant in a very transparent manner. We are especially interested in this question after the Fukushima accident, and the openness of Rosatom indicated that Russia is very comfortable in the realm of peaceful nuclear energy. The presentation was also very timely, as it was on the eve of the Saint Petersburg Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power.”

kalininskaya.jpgOn February 8, 2013, the international guests, representatives from Rosatom, and Russian experts held a final meeting. Speaking at the event, PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov noted the importance of education and professional training for the next generation of nuclear scientists on the intersection of atomic energy and nonproliferation both in countries with well-established nuclear energy programs, as well as in those who are new to the field.

Nikolai Spassky, Deputy Director General of the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, drew attention to the positive influence that nuclear energy can have on international security: “Nuclear energy and military conflicts are incompatible because of the nature of the nuclear power plant. This understanding does not come automatically, but when we start this cooperation, when we start talking about this past experience and about getting new information, countries and experts change their thinking drastically.”

The PIR Center has been actively researching nuclear energy development for a long time. Giacomo Luciani published an article in Security Index №4 (101), Fall 2012 onThe Rationale for Nuclear Energy in the Persian Gulf Countries; and Education Program Director Albert Zulkharneev and Advisory Board Member Victor Murogov co-authored an article “Nuclear Non-Proliferation Culture: A New Resource for Russian Public Diplomacy” in International Affairs, vol. 58, №2, 2012. Additionally, on April 19, 2012, PIR Center held an international seminar on “Lessons and prospects of multilateral cooperation on nuclear security and nonproliferation.”

For all questions concerning PIR Center project Development of Russia’s Nuclear Exports please contact "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation" Program Coordinator Alexander Kolbin, tel.: +7 (495) 987-19-15, fax: +7 (495) 987-19-14, email: kolbin at pircenter.org

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