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«The 20-year history of relations between Ukraine and Russia as independent nations has demonstrated that there is no alternative to further developing our strategic partnership based on the principles of equality, mutual respect and pragmatism. There has been plenty of evidence that all other models of dialogue are unproductive and run counter to the national interests of our country and, I am sure, of the Russian Federation as well ».


From the interview with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Russian Federation Volodymyr Yelchenko for Security Index Journal

12-03-01_RUC.jpgParticular attention is paid to peaceful nuclear energy issues and participation of Ukraine in the work of TheInternational Uranium Enrichment Center in Angarsk. For example, Margarita Klochkova prepared report «Prospects of cooperation between Russia and CIS countries in the sphere of nuclear energy (the case of Ukraine)».

 

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"We believe that PIR Center’s project dedicated to the Russian nuclear export will allow Russian companies to conduct a more balanced policy on nuclear cooperation and will contribute significantly to the strengthening of strategic dialogue between Russia and other countries".


PIR Center President Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov


12-01-23_NUC.jpgNuclear technologies, including assistance in designing and building nuclear reactors are one of the key Russian high-tech exports. Russian nuclear exports comply with all the requirements regarding the security of nuclear materials and nuclear nonproliferation.


This project is a PIR Center’s initiative to conduct a comprehensive study of the current state and the future of Russia's nuclear energy cooperation with other countries. The initiative also aims to analyze the Russian nuclear industry's export potential during the ongoing era of nuclear renaissance, as the looming shortage of fossil fuels is forcing many countries to think seriously about pursuing nuclear energy.

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“Russia supports the establishment of the zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery in the Middle East. Unfortunately, this particular zone in this particular region have not materialized, but we keep on trying”.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov


Nuclear Energy in the Middle East


ME.jpgAs a result of rapid economic growth in the Middle East countries in the region are increasingly facing the problem of energy security. In the modern competitive world the availability of reliable and sustainable energy sources is becoming a decisive factor. At this moment, the only realistic alternative to petroleum is nuclear energy.


However, the political situation in the region means that the governments which want to pursue nuclear energy projects are facing a particular set of challenges. The international community's concerns regarding Iran's nuclear program, and the risk of religious fanatics coming to power in some countries in the region are creating barriers to peaceful use of nuclear energy in the Middle East.

For questions regarding the project, please contact "Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia" Program Coordinator Sergey Semenov by phone +7 (495) 987 19 15 or via e-mail [email protected].

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The immense majority of countries and peoples stand for a nuclear-weapons-free world. The Russian Federation shares this noble goal.

Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev

The project has been implemented since October 2008.  Within its framework PIR Center elaborates set of practical steps for the preparation of new international negations aimed at deep reduction of nuclear arsenals; develops recommendations on the issue of possible significant reduction of all types of nuclear weapons; analyses possibilities of cooperation between the Russian Federation and the USA in the field of missile defense

"Ways towards Nuclear Disarmament" project includes several integral parts:

 

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Nuclear Nine (in Russian). Comprehensive analytics and data on all of nine states that currently posses nuclear weapons





Nonstrategic Nuclear WeaponsIn recent years the US/NATO has sought Russian agreement to increase transparency on Russian NSNWs in the European part of the country and relocate these weapons away from the territory of NATO member states; and Russia, in its part, has insisted on the complete withdrawal of the U.S. NSNWs from Europe. But this endless circle does not promise much room for negotiations. PIR Center's Project is aimed at analyzing the current position of Russia, the United States and other NATO countries on the NSNW arms control issue and associated problems. The project also examines how the forward-deployed U.S. NSNWs in Europe affect the perception of the NSNW issue in the military-political leadership of Russia.


Conventional Arms Control in Europe - Having fulfilled its main task – to liquidate surplus of conventional arms – the CFE Treaty started to increasingly transform into a tool of collective control over Russian armed forces and of discriminatory limitations. Therefore setting a moratorium on the operation of the treaty was a consistent decision of Russian leadership and did not come unexpectedly for other parties. What comes next? Now it is apparent that there can be no return neither to the CFE Treaty of 1990, nor to the Agreement of its Adaptation of 1999, and authors are candid about it. Equally, there can also be no return to flank limitations for Russia in any form, even reduced. In response to Russia’s concerns about deployment of missile defense system in Europe our western partners emphasize openness and transparency. Maybe the same approach should be taken in the sphere of conventional arms? PIR Center experts try to answer the question within the framework of this Project.

Transparency in Nuclear Arsenals and Doctrines. PIR Center in its work pays much attention to studying the mechanisms for transparency in nuclear arsenals and doctrines and future nuclear weapons reductions, holding events and organizing discussions in the Security Index journal on the subject.

 

 

Missile Defense Issue. Real partnership on missile defense would provide a better missile defense of Europe, including European Russia. It would make NATO and Russia allies in protecting Europe, which could prove a ”gamechanger” in altering lingering Cold War attitudes in both Russia and NATO member-states. While studying the missile defense issue, PIR Center experts provide a set of recommendations which should lead to establishing the real (not declarative) partnership between Russia and its partners on the missile defense issue. 

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