We view security as a multidimensional concept.
It is an area that requires a carefully considered and complex
approach. Based on this position, Russia is firmly committed to
expanding cooperation on global energy security within the framework
of the Eurasian Economic Community. One of the priorities in this
area is to develop cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear
Cooperation in this field opens up real new
opportunities for all of us. Taking into consideration the
agreements with the President of Kazakhstan, concrete plans are
being drawn up for expanding cooperation between the nuclear energy
sector enterprises in our countries.
Uzbekistan’s accession to the Eurasian Economic
Community creates additional new opportunities for building a
nuclear-fuel component that will serve as a reliable element in the
energy supply policy for the long term.
It is particularly important to develop our
countries’ full potential in this area today at a time when demand
for quality energy supplies is growing constantly. Dwindling fossil
fuel reserves and environmental issues have become questions of
crucial importance on the international agenda.
We need to create the prototype of a global
infrastructure that will give all interested countries equal access
to nuclear energy, while stressing reliable compliance with the
requirements of the non-proliferation regime, of course.
The creation of a system of international
centres providing nuclear fuel cycle services, including enrichment,
on a non-discriminatory basis and under the control of the IAEA,
could become a key element in developing this new infrastructure.
Russia has already made just such a proposal and
is prepared to establish an international centre of this kind on its
Innovative new technologies will undoubtedly be
required in this respect to create new generation reactors and their
fuel cycles. These kinds of issues can be resolved only through
broad-based international cooperation. This is the approach that we
will present to the G8 countries during our presidency, and to all
our partners in the peaceful use of nuclear energy.