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MOSCOW, November 18. /TASS/. By refusing to supply uranium to Russia, Australia has positioned itself as an unreliable business partner in such a sensitive and responsible sphere as the nuclear power industry, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
“We have taken note of statements by the Australian ambassador in Moscow Paul Myler to the effect his country has stopped uranium supplies to Russia because of the loss of confidence in our country,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “In fact, Myler has accused Russia of a possible abuse of WMD (weapons of mass destruction) non-proliferation liabilities.”
“Let us be frank: such utterances reaffirm how far some statements heard from Australian establishment representatives are from the reality,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “Russia has always been and still remains a firm supporter of observance of international regimens of non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons. For us, this is a matter of national security.”
“When we concluded the agreements with Australia on the peaceful uses of nuclear power (in 2007 and 2011), we regarded them as a purely commercial project for enriching Australian raw material at Russian enterprises for its subsequent marketing,” the Foreign Ministry said. “The sole consignment of Australian uranium arrived in Russia in October 2013. After enrichment it was re-exported to Britain.”
“By curtailing this cooperation, Australia has shot itself in the foot to demonstrate that it cannot be regarded as a reliable business partner in such a sensitive sphere as nuclear power. As for Russia, its uranium reserves will last many years. The development of the domestic nuclear power by no means depends on those in Canberra where these days short-sighted political decisions are made,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.