Global nuclear energy cooperation beyond politics - Russian IAEA envoy

Jul 18, 2016 12:00 AM

The area of nuclear technology cooperation is beyond passing political interests of the day and focuses on much longer-term priorities, Russian Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna Vladimir Voronkov told.

The envoy's comment comes ahead of the upcoming IAEA diplomats' visit to Russia's Beloyarsk Nuclear Power Plant, as well as the uranium-enriching Ural Electrochemical Integrated Plant, which will take place on July 19-21. The Beloyarsk power station is the only plant in the world using the innovative sodium-cooled BN-600 and BN-800 fast breeder reactors.

"We have always been saying that the nuclear sector is an area, where politics must not obstruct progress. Nuclear energy is here to stay for a long time, its technological cycle is noticeably longer than any political processes. A nuclear power station built today will work for several generations, our grandchildren will grow old when some of the world's modern-day stations will still be giving electricity," Voronkov, who represents Russia in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said in an interview.

"I am sure that nuclear energy is a field where all countries of the world are destined to peaceful long-term cooperation," he added.

The IAEA visit is set to become the fourth diplomatic event organized for the agency by Russia's Rosatom state-owned nuclear energy corporation. In mid-2015, IAEA diplomats visited the Rostov NPP and the Atommash nuclear engineering factory in southern Russia. IAEA ambassadors from multiple countries took part in the visit, which aimed to promote nuclear power and showcase Russian nuclear technology, as well as its safety standards, according to the organizers.

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