Russia Welcomes US-Led Nuclear Capacity Push as Positive Shift

By Bloomberg

Dec 06, 2023

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A radioactive warning sign sits on the side of a railway goods wagon parked in the sidings of Sellafield atomic fuel reprocessing site, operated by Sellafield Ltd., in Seascale, U.K., on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Russia welcomed a US-led initiative to triple global nuclear power capacity in a rare instance of agreement as nations seek to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. 

The US and 21 other countries, including France, the UK and Ukraine, signed a declaration at the weekend to work toward tripling global nuclear power capacity by the middle of the century to help limit an increase in the global temperature to 1.5C.

“Without nuclear energy it is impossible to achieve climate goals,” Deputy Economy Minister Vladimir Ilyichev said an in interview during the COP28 UN climate conference in Dubai.

While Moscow didn’t sign up to the pact, Ilyichev described the formal document on the role of nuclear power as a “positive shift.” Russia, which is one of the world’s biggest producers of nuclear energy and fossil fuels, will also continue to promote natural gas as a low emission source of energy, he said.

Although neither the US nor European countries currently work with Moscow in a bilateral format, sooner or later discussions should return to a reasonable set-up given Russia’s place on the climate change map, Ilyichev said. Sanctions hinder climate negotiations with Russia, he said. 

The US and its allies have imposed a mass of sanctions on Russia since 2014, adding more after President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine in February last year.  

 

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