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Russia refused to consider Australia a reliable business partner
By refusing to cooperate with Russia, Australia essentially shot itself in the foot, proving that it cannot be regarded as a reliable business partner in such a responsible area as the peaceful atom, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
“We drew attention to the statements of the Australian Ambassador in Moscow, Paul Miler, that his country's uranium supplies to Russia had been stopped due to the loss of confidence in us. In fact, Paul Mailer accused Russia of a probable violation of obligations on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, ”the statement said on Online Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“Such words once again confirm the isolation from the reality of the statements that are heard from representatives of the Australian establishment. Russia has always been and remains a staunch supporter of compliance with international regimes for the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons. For us, this is a matter of national security, ”the Foreign Ministry said.
“When we entered into agreements with Australia on the peaceful use of atomic energy (in 2007 and 2011), we initially considered them as a purely commercial project for the enrichment of Australian nuclear material at Russian enterprises for subsequent sale. The only shipment of Australian uranium arrived in Russia in October 2013. After enrichment, it was exported to the UK, ”the Foreign Ministry explained.
“By refusing this cooperation, Australia essentially shot itself in the foot, proving that it cannot be regarded as a reliable business partner in such a sensitive and responsible area as the peaceful atom. As for our country, it is provided with uranium for many decades to come. The development of domestic nuclear energy in no way depends on those who make short-sighted political decisions in Canberra, ”concluded the Russian Foreign Ministry.
We will remind, in September, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that the government of this country has decided to open an embassy in Kiev and suspend the sale of Uranium to Russia "until further notice."Earlier, the Australian government has expanded sanctions against Russia in the field of defense, finance and oil and gas industry