Continued cooperation between Russia and the IAEA on peaceful nuclear energy use and international cooperation on nuclear non-proliferation were the subjects of discussion.
Russia’s delegation at the meeting included Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Sergei Ivanov, Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov, Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation CEO Sergei Kiriyenko, and Permanent Presidential Representative in international organisations in Vienna Vladimir Voronkov.
Mr Amano is in Moscow to take part in the high-level international conference Nuclear Energy in the 21st Century, which will take place in St Petersburg on June 27–29.
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Beginning of meeting with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Director General,
It is a great pleasure to see you again. I would like to congratulate you on your election to a second term as the International Atomic Energy Agency’s director general. Your first term was a success and we have established good professional relations.
Russia has supported the agency’s work right from the outset, back in 1957. We consider the IAEA an important instrument for work in the very sensitive area of nuclear technology in the world.
Tomorrow, you will be taking part in St Petersburg in an international conference on developing nuclear energy. I wish the event success and I’d like to say a few words about our big plans for developing nuclear energy here in Russia.
We plan to develop our nuclear power industry over the coming years, using the safest and most advanced technology, namely, the WWER reactor that you know well.
As you are well aware, we are carrying out all of our plans using what we call post-Fukushima technology, that is, technology that guarantees maximum safe use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
Mr Director General, we hope to continue our cooperation, hope you will support our initiatives, and we are ready to make our contribution to this influential and respected international organisation’s work under your leadership over the next four years.
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (Iaea) Yukiya Amano (translated from Russian): Thank you very much. I am very pleased to see you again, Mr President.
I think the international conference taking place in St Petersburg is a very timely event, as two-and-a-half years have now gone by since the Fukushima accident. Furthermore, we know that your country is one of the leaders in designing and developing nuclear technology.
This international conference will give us the opportunity to discuss the future of nuclear energy and the measures we can take. I also want to thank you for the support you give the IAEA and me personally.
I hope that our cooperation will only keep developing, because in Russia we do indeed see a good partner with great opportunities for the future.