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Saudi Arabia, Russia to enhance Nuclear Energy cooperation

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(Jeddah-AlummahWorld, Ramadan 04, 1436, June 21, 2015) Saudi Arabia and Russia will enhance coperation in Nuclear Energy sector while increasing mutual relation in defense as well. 

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg this week. The crown prince was an official visit to Russia in which he also met with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Riyadh and Moscow have signed an agreement to cooperate on nuclear energy development.

The government body, the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, announced the cooperation deal through its website.
According to media reports, the kingdom planned to build 16 nuclear reactors in which Russia would play a significant role in operating them.
The Saudi atomic and renewable energy body has already signed nuclear cooperation deals with countries able to build reactors, including the United States, France, Russia, South Korea, China and Argentina.

In 2012, Saudi Arabia said it aimed to build 17 gigawatts of nuclear power by 2032 as well as around 41 GW of solar capacity. The oil exporter currently has no nuclear power plants.
Nuclear and solar power stations would reduce the diversion of Saudi Arabia's oil output for use in domestic power generation, leaving more available for export.

Saudi Press Agency quoted the Saudi ambassador to Russia Abdulrahman Al-Rassi as saying that Moscow has an important role in implementing a Security Council resolution on Yemen.

The ambassador said there was an agreement between Saudi Arabia and Russia on maintaining legitimacy of Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government, and that Moscow was key in implementing Resolution No. 2216, which demands that the Iran-backed Houthi militias withdraw from all areas seized during the latest conflict and relinquish arms seized from military and security institutions.
He said Russia’s role was also “important” when it comes to regional countries such as Iran, stressing that Russia was a super and important power in the Security Council to “maintain stability and security in the world.”

Recent visit to Moscow by Saudi crown prince and defense minister regarded by analysts as a sign that the Kingdon is diversifying  its foreign policy in accordance with the changing situation arount the world.