«The twenty-year history of the Russian-Ukrainian relations clearly shows that there can be no alternative to developing deep strategic partnership based upon the principles of equality, mutual respect and pragmatism. All other models of dialogue between our nations proved to be inherently flawed and contradictory to the national interests of both our country and the Russian Federation», – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Russian Federation Vladimir Elchenko in exclusive interview to Security Index.
"Ukraine is now maintaining fairly close nuclear industry cooperation with Russia. The country has as much interest in securing Russian participation in the Ukrainian nuclear energy sector as Russia itself does. Meanwhile, Russia needs the Ukrainian nuclear engineering assets and uranium deposits. Russia is planning to take part in the development of Ukraine's uranium deposits. The future of Russian-Ukrainian nuclear industry cooperation holds much promise - unless it is allowed once again to become hostage to purely political obstacles," – PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov.
“The election campaign in Ukraine has an impact on Russian-Ukrainian gas relations. The problem is not settled at the Russian-Ukrainian level, but also, and this is more important, at the level of EU-Russia. Ukraine plays the role of a buffer between Russia and the EU, even though it should become a strategic bridge of understanding between the two,” - Deputy Director of the Institute of the CIS Studies, Deputy Chairman of the Interregional Foundation of Presidential Programs Vladimir Zharikhin.
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«The 20-year history of relations between Ukraine and Russia as independent nations has demonstrated that there is no alternative to further developing our strategic partnership based on the principles of equality, mutual respect and pragmatism. There has been plenty of evidence that all other models of dialogue are unproductive and run counter to the national interests of our country and, I am sure, of the Russian Federation as well ».
From the interview with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Russian Federation Volodymyr Yelchenko for Security Index Journal
Particular attention is paid to peaceful nuclear energy issues and participation of Ukraine in the work of TheInternational Uranium Enrichment Center in Angarsk. For example, Margarita Klochkova prepared report «Prospects of cooperation between Russia and CIS countries in the sphere of nuclear energy (the case of Ukraine)».
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