Russia needs uranium from former Soviet republics

Publish date: January 10, 2005

Russian nuclear power minister Alexander Rumyantsev expressed his interest in uranium deliveries from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.

Alexander Rumyantsev said at the Russian Government meeting in November last year that Russia should pay attention to the uranium deliveries from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine, while these countries prefer to export it to the west, Fuel Energy Policy site reported. The minister said it is necessary to pay attention not only to gas and oil deliveries from the former Soviet republics, but also to the uranium deliveries for the Russian nuclear industry. He also raised concerns regarding the uranium mines developed in Soviet time. A program on uranium mines development should be drafted for many years ahead like it was during Soviet times, the minister added.