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“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


"The current state of bilateral Russian-India relations cannot but arouse concern. There has been no breakthrough in the spheres of bilateral cooperation prior to the traditional annual high-level meeting. Putin pays an official visit to the country still sharing relations of friendship and partnership with Russia, but it becomes apparent that this credit earned in the Soviet era is not limitless. It's necessary to search for new dimensions of cooperation." - PIR Center Internet Project Director Andrey Baklitsky.


Postponing the Helsinki Conference, especially without setting a new date would actually mean its cancelation. What format can offer instead those who are not ready for discussion about the Middle East Zone Free of WMD today? WMD in the region is not only a political or legal question, or the question of the fate of the NPT. It is a real danger to the people of the region”, – Albert Zulkharneev, PIR Center Education and Training Program Director.


«Why don’t we internationalize, regionalize the Iranian sensitive technologies, and bring in Arab stakeholders? Iran will keep its initial facilities, but will have partners that will overlook the process and will be there on the board like in case of URENCO. This will have the advantage that we will be all watching each other but it will also imply the economy of scale and there will be no need for other countries to develop things that are already there», –  Mohamed Shaker, Chairman of Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs.


"Creation of a Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East is inseparably linked to the ongoing Middle East peace process. Luckily there is a feedback as well: development of sustained dialogue on the Zone can in turn facilitate the Middle East peace process, leading to creation of favorable atmosphere for further negotiations" - Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Security Index Journal Editorial Board member Sergey Ryabkov.


On October 4th, 2012 PIR Center will hold an international seminar “2012 Conference on the Middle East Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction – Searching for Solutions”.


“As Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states relied on the United States and their vast energy resources for their external security, they did not feel the need to seriously consider the nuclear option for either peaceful or non-peaceful uses. None of these countries attempted to acquire the scientific and technical expertise necessary for the development of nuclear technologies. This situation is rapidly changing. While the political positions of these states remain the same with regard to nuclear weapons, they are exhibiting increased interest in nuclear power as a source of energy”, - Awadh Albadi, Director of the Department of Research and Studies at King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies.


“The image losses, which the nuclear sector has witnessed after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, have barely affected Russian companies, considerably hitting Rosatom competitors in the Middle East. At the same time the advantages of Russian state corporation connected to spent nuclear fuel withdrawal and extensive state support remained intact. However a number of Rosatom's new competitors either are in no way inferior in their capabilities (KEPCO) or can considerably bridge the gap in the nearest future (Chinese companies)”, - PIR Center intern Andrey Baklitskiy.