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"Creation of a Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East is inseparably linked to the ongoing Middle East peace process. Luckily there is a feedback as well: development of sustained dialogue on the Zone can in turn facilitate the Middle East peace process, leading to creation of favorable atmosphere for further negotiations" - Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Security Index Journal Editorial Board member Sergey Ryabkov.


On October 4th, 2012 PIR Center will hold an international seminar “2012 Conference on the Middle East Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction – Searching for Solutions”.


“As Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states relied on the United States and their vast energy resources for their external security, they did not feel the need to seriously consider the nuclear option for either peaceful or non-peaceful uses. None of these countries attempted to acquire the scientific and technical expertise necessary for the development of nuclear technologies. This situation is rapidly changing. While the political positions of these states remain the same with regard to nuclear weapons, they are exhibiting increased interest in nuclear power as a source of energy”, - Awadh Albadi, Director of the Department of Research and Studies at King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies.


“The image losses, which the nuclear sector has witnessed after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, have barely affected Russian companies, considerably hitting Rosatom competitors in the Middle East. At the same time the advantages of Russian state corporation connected to spent nuclear fuel withdrawal and extensive state support remained intact. However a number of Rosatom's new competitors either are in no way inferior in their capabilities (KEPCO) or can considerably bridge the gap in the nearest future (Chinese companies)”, - PIR Center intern Andrey Baklitskiy.