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June 20, 2015 9:30 am

Saudi Arabia and Russia Sign Major Nuclear Energy Deal

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Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting with Saudi officials in 2007. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting with Saudi officials in 2007. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org Saudi Arabia and Russia on Friday signed a series of agreements to cooperate on nuclear energy development.

The deal came amid a visit to Russia by Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, who met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on Thursday.

According to Rosatom, the state-run Russia nuclear body, the deal is the “first in the history of Russia-Saudi relations” and includes the “construction of nuclear power reactors, provision of services in nuclear fuel cycling, including those for nuclear power stations and research reactor facilities,” Russia Today reported.

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Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil producer, currently has no industrial nuclear power plants.

The move by the two nations comes as Saudi Arabia, along with several other Arab Gulf states and Israel, have expressed deep concern about the emerging Iran nuclear deal with the P5+1 powers (U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China, and Germany). Many analysts fear that the deal would force other countries in the Middle East to develop their own nuclear programs, possibly setting off a nuclear arms race in the region.

 

 

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  • shloime

    but what is the saudi motive behind this?

    they don’t really need nuclear plants to generate more electricity, since they have oil and natural gas coming out of their ears. and so long as the russians handle the fuel processing, this is also not a path to nuclear weapons. (unlike iran, which has built uranium enrichment facilities, and a plutonium reactor, which are.)

    so apart from being a good deal for rosatom, this is an entirely symbolic move, as a pushback to iran’s nuclear programme, and a possible, albeit flimsy, cover for the future acquisition of nuclear weapons from pakistan or russia. the saudis have deep pockets.

  • An American Jew

    THANK YOU OBAMA!!

    Saudi Arabia, which has dealings with terrorist cells around the world and is a sworn enemy of Israel announced a deal with Russia to develop nuclear energy. This is a move that everyone and their mother predicted would happen as a direct result of Obama’s lead from your behind appeasement policy towards Iran.

    Pretty much every country in the Middle East (outside of Iran and Syria) has protested Obama’s appeasement policy towards Iran which gives Iran a clear path to a nuclear bomb.

    This deal with Russia is Saudi Arabia’s answer to Obama’s capitulation–a big giant F.U. In a nutshell, Obama forced Saudi Arabia to seek their own nuclear counter solution to Iran. Even worse, Obama forced a long-term US client state into the waiting arms of Vladimir Putin (who now gets the excess cash to fund his own policy of global instability).

    “Many analysts fear that the deal would force other countries in the Middle East to develop their own nuclear programs, possibly setting off a nuclear arms race in the region.”

    If I had to summarize Obama’s policy in one word, that word would be FUBAR.

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    JEWISH MONASTERY AND CHANGE THAT NAME TO JEWISH.

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