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“Our technology is proven to be of a high, reliable quality.  Our partners are no less interested in us than we are in them.  The age of nuclear energy facilities is extending; it will soon reach 100 plus years – much longer than any particular trend in international affairs.  We are self-sufficient in practically all critical nuclear technologies.  Most importantly, Russia is ready to balanced cooperation on the basis of mutual benefit and the interests of the involved parties,” – Director of the Department of International Cooperation, Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, Mikhail Lysenko.


“The most serious threat is related to the necessity to counter nuclear terrorism. To succeed we need to provide more effective protection of nuclear materials as the very fact of availability of plutonium or high enriched uranium creates the threat of such materials falling into the hands of terrorists. Russia possesses one of the most large-scale nuclear programs - if not the largest one - and therefore it is indisputably one of the key players in the field of ensuring nuclear security", - Piet de Klerk, the Netherlands’ Sherpa for the preparations of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague.


«The Strategy of economic development in the CIS through the year 2020 is a conceptual document, in which the main areas of cooperation that require coordinated approaches are identified.  This is important, because in the field of nuclear energy, in contrast to other areas, even basic communication between scholars requires an intergovernmental framework. For us this agreement will be very beneficial», Deputy Director General of Rosatom State Corporation for Atomic Energy Nikolai Spassky.


“I would like to congratulate PIR Center on publication of this highly professional study. PIR Center’s report contains a lot of practical and useful information as well as a high quality analytics. The study is particularly useful for a practical work and, of course, it offers recommendations which will be valuable for various ministries and governmental institutions, as well as the State Corporation Rosatom” - Mikhail Lysenko, Director of International Cooperation Department of the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom.


“Of course the main threat for us comes from nuclear terrorism. In order to prevent it we should provide more effective protection to the nuclear materials. Therefore we work actively on strengthening the cooperation between governmental bodies and nuclear industry, and we also support more effective application of the different legal instruments and conventions”, - Piet de Klerk, the Netherlands’ Sherpa for the preparations of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague.


“Air defense systems will sooner or later have to face aggressive, well-armed and resilient groups of drones. Thanks to their collective distributed intelligence, these groups will act as parts of a single whole. They will be able to analyze the situation to the same standard of accuracy as humans, only faster. Human operators may be part of their control systems, adding an element of creativity and unpredictability,” – writes PIR Center Senior Vice President Lieut.-Gen. (Ret.) Evgeny Buzhinsky in his article for Security Index journal.


“I believe we can look ahead with confidence and optimism to the future of nuclear power in the 21st century. Nuclear power will make a significant and growing contribution to sustainable development in the coming decades. The IAEA is committed to ensuring that the expansion of nuclear power takes place in a way which results in maximum safety, reliability and efficiency, and guards against the proliferation of nuclear weapons. We will remain a reliable partner for all of our Member States,"- IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.


“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 Vladimir Orlov.


baklitsky.jpg''In April of 2008, the government of the United Arab Emirates announced its intention to collect bids to build the country’s first nuclear power plant. Abu Dhabi’s dynamic activity, which concluded with a contract awarded to the South Korean company KEPCO, showed that nuclear energy development in the Middle East will cease to be associated just with the risks and threats of nuclear weapons proliferation and is already becoming another high-yield industrial sector,” – PIR Center research fellow Andrey Baklitsky.


“I’m a big fan of international cooperation in education. I studied and taught in the United States. I’m especially inspired by cooperation with our diaspora abroad, which is comparable in size to the scientific community inside Russia. We have noticed that many western professors, both with and without Russian roots, want to come here to teach, form laboratories, organize temporary research teams, and work remotely. This is more promising than expecting a massive influx of scientists to relocate here from abroad for a permanent professorship,” – Vyacheslav Nikonov, Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on Education.