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MOSCOW, September 03. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia stopped all imports of uranium from Australia in 2012 and does not have any obligations to that country, a source at the State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom) told ITAR-TASS in a comment on the Australian government’s decision to stop the exports of uranium to Russia.
“Russia hasn’t imported a single gram of uranium from Australia from 2012 and it doesn’t have any contract obligations regarding imports of uranium from there,” he said.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott declared on Wednesday his country was suspending the sales of uranium to Moscow until further notice.
In 2012, Rosatom did the pilot and so far the only delivery of Australian uranium to this country.
“This was a single container weighing slightly over ten tons,” the source said. “A factory affiliated with Rosatom upgraded it to 5% and sold to an international energy corporation for subsequent production of fuel for power plants.”
Rosatom occupies position number 6 in the world in terms of uranium reserves. The deposits of uranium ore it controls in Russia and in foreign countries, including Kazakhstan, suffice to ensure normal supply of fuel for both Russian and international projects over the coming 100 years.