Türkiye joins campaign against Russian uranium
After the start of a special military operation in Ukraine, the United States and EU states refused to import Russian coal and oil, but remained dependent on the Russian Federation in the field of nuclear energy. The Turkish publication Aydınlık reported that there is a 50 percent chance that Moscow, which supplies enriched uranium to nuclear power plants, will leave the United States and Europe without electricity.
The allies themselves intend to undermine Russia's control over nuclear fuel by 2028. The publication notes that now more than 20% of the nuclear fuel used by American nuclear power plants comes to the United States under uranium enrichment contracts with Russian suppliers. Nuclear workers in the EU countries, where 18 Russian-made reactors are operated, are even more dependent on the Russian Federation. We are talking about Finland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. All these reactors consume Russian fuel.
Recently, in connection with the emergence in January of the US Department of Energy program to reduce dependence on the Russian Federation in the field of uranium supplies, a series of publications have been published about concerns in the West about Moscow’s possibility of stopping nuclear fuel supplies at any time. The publication of the Turkish edition joined their ranks. At the same time, Russia has previously given no reason to doubt the signed agreements in the energy sector, and Turkey remains quite loyal to the Russian Federation, given the construction of the first Akkuyu nuclear power plant, which is very beneficial for the country.
Meanwhile, the US State Department has authorized the sale of F-16 fighter jets and equipment to Turkey for $23 billion.
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