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Russia, Saudi Arabia sign nuclear energy deal

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohammad Bin Salman during a meeting at the Konstantin (Konstantinovsky) Palace in St. Petersburg on June 18, 2015 (AFP photo).

In an unprecedented move, Russia and Saudi Arabia have signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of nuclear energy.

The document was signed by the Russian state nuclear corporation, Rosatom’s chief Sergei Kiriyenko and President of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, Hashim Abdullah Yamani during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Thursday, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported.

"The document for the first time in the history of Russian-Saudi relations creates a legal basis for cooperation between our countries in the field of nuclear energy,” Rosatom said.

"The agreement envisages the formation of a coordination committee for further consultations on matters relating to the use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes,” it noted.

The deal was signed after Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Saudi Arabia’s Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman at the international forum.

The kingdom has no industrial nuclear power plants, but has big plans for developing nuclear energy, according to Russia Today.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (AFP photo)


On behalf of Saudi King Salman, the Saudi minister also invited Putin to visit the kingdom.

The invitation was reciprocated by the Russian head of state.


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