Ulyanov: Russia dissatisfied with behind-the-scenes discussions on the transfer of submarines to Australia
VIENNA, 27 March – RIA Novosti. Mihail Ulyanov, the permanent representative of the Russian Federation to international organizations in Vienna, said that Russia is not satisfied with the behind-the-scenes evaluation of the transfer of submarines with nuclear facilities to Australia, and that an open discussion is needed. In an interview with RIA Novosti.
“We advocate open discussion of this issue, as always in the Agency’s history, with the participation of all interested parties, in particular the IAEA Board of Governors. Ulyanov, “The Troika (Australia, United States and Great Britain – ed.), behind the scenes, behind the scenes, only trying to solve these problems with the IAEA Secretariat. “We are not satisfied with this option,” he said.
He added that the Russian side, together with China, actively opposes it.
As the permanent representative of the Russian Federation explained, the transfer of submarines with nuclear power plants to Australia is “something new in international life”. “This is quite a serious challenge for the nuclear non-proliferation regime and the IAEA system of security measures,” Ulyanov said. said.
It called for “competent, professional, depoliticized handling of this issue in terms of non-proliferation” and IAEA assurances. The agency’s interlocutor said, “China, Russia and some other countries that have questions about these plans are actively demanding it. Among them are Egypt, Pakistan, South Africa, Syria.”
At the same time, in his opinion, it is still difficult to decide unequivocally whether it will be possible to develop a sufficiently reliable agreement that will meet the interests of non-proliferation. The permanent representative of the Russian Federation expects the issue to remain on the agenda of the Board of Governors for “quite a long time”.
Under the pretext of the Chinese threat, Australia, the US and the UK agreed to partner with AUKUS to arm the Australians with nuclear submarines in September 2021. Earlier, the leaders of the three AUKUS member states met in San Diego, California, to announce the launch of a three-phase plan to provide Canberra with non-nuclear nuclear powered submarines and technologies for their production. In particular, the US plans to deliver three Virginia-class submarines to Australia in the 2030s, with the possibility of increasing the lot to five. Prior to the sale, US and UK submarines will be stationed in Australia alternately.
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