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“Those who oppose BRICS say that some BRICS countries approach Africa like new colonizers.  This is absolutely not true, and Russia is a striking example of this. Russia never had any colonies. Russia was here, in southern Africa, with us, even back when we were fighting for our rights, and unselfishly supported us,” – Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.


Working Group on the prospects of Russian participation in international cooperation in the field of nonproliferation and nuclear security has been established under PIR Center Advisory Board.


“Despite reduction of the financial aid received in the framework of Global Partnership Russian involvement in the program and the interest in participation remain high. Russia gradually starts join the realization of various projects in the third countries. Even though it is not ready to deliver large financial aid, the volume of expert assistance is significant. Russian specialists who gathered great experience in disposal of the WMD are able to present vital help in implementation of respective projects in other countries” – Alexander Cheban, Security Index journal representative in Odessa.


“Program of Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (GP) and International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) have potential to support effectively such traditional mechanisms of nuclear proliferation prevention as NPT regime, IAEA safeguards, Security Council sanctions. Participation in GP and ISTC corresponds to Russian interests because this contributes to strengthening its prestige on international arena as proponent of nonproliferation regime” – Alexander Cheban, PIR Center intern.


“The Russian Federation, as one of the most developed countries in the sphere of nuclear technology, attaches much significance to developing and maintaining a high level of physical nuclear security, not only at home but around the world”, – Ambassador-at-large Grigory Berdennikov.


«In the era of globalization of the world economy, the distance is a question of the second order. The economic and financial power is the primary issue. The world now pays attention to BRICS; BRICS is the wave of the future», - Vadim Lukov, Ambassador-at-Large, Deputy Representative of the President of Russia in the G8, Ministry Coordinator for G20 and BRICS affairs.


«Expert discussions on the nuclear security currently taking place in Seoul focus on the topics that define recent nuclear security agenda. The discussion have originated from Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster of March 2011, which had demonstrated possible outcomes of the influence of external forces which can be originated not only by natural causes but also by terrorist attacks against critical nuclear infrastructure», - PIR Center's expert Dmitry Kovchegin.


“For both Russia and India international terrorism has never been an abstract theoretical concept. Long before the 9/11 tragedy our countries tried to draw attention to this problem, we were showing the international nature of the terrorist threat, whether it be fighting militants in Chechnya or in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir”, – PIR Center's president Vladimir Orlov.


“Russia's plans include expanding cooperation with states of South America in peaceful development of nuclear energy. In this context, Russia has already signed agreements or in the process of establishing dialogue with Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. On the eve of the 2010 NPT Review Conference it would be also an important task for Russia to strengthen dialogue on the most urgent nuclear nonproliferation agenda issues with Brazil, its partner within BRIC group,” – PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov.