Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s participation in meetings on nuclear non-proliferation and the peaceful use of atomic energy
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov spoke at the Pugwash Conference held in Astana on August 29 and took part in a panel discussion on implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to resolve the situation surrounding the Iranian nuclear programme. In his remarks, Mr Ryabkov noted the progress made in implementation of the corresponding agreements. The related issues are being addressed by the joint commission of representatives of the six world powers and Iran, and are technical in nature.
At the same time, he expressed concern over the prospects for continued sustainable implementation of the agreements considering the increased attempts by the United States to exert pressure on Iran, including through unilateral sanctions, which can only be viewed as a violation of the spirit and letter of the JCPOA.
On the same day, Sergey Ryabkov took part in a series of events dedicated to opening the IAEA Low Enriched Uranium Bank in Kazakhstan. In his conversations with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, senior executives Sam Nunn and Ernest Moniz from the influential US-based Nuclear Threat Initiative non-profit organisation, head of the Eurasia Foundation Cliff Kupchan, Principal Adviser and Special Envoy of the European External Action Service on Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Jacek Bylica, the Russian representative noted the importance of this event, which makes a practical contribution to strengthening the non-proliferation regime, as well as ensuring guaranteed access of the NPT participating states to peaceful benefits of atomic power.
Russia devotes significant attention to activities in this area. In conjunction with Kazakhstan, we created the International Uranium Enrichment Centre (IUEC) in Angarsk. A security reserve of low-enriched uranium was created at the IUEC several years ago, which, at the request of the IAEA Director General, can provide enough material to produce fuel for two energy nuclear reactor loads.
Russia will continue to cooperate with its foreign partners in this area.