The UAE has signed a nuclear power cooperation agreement with Russia with a view to securing additional technology or fuel in the long term. Following the signing of the agreement in Abu Dhabi on 17 December between the UAE’s Ministry of Energy and Russia’s state energy firm Rosatom, UAE envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Hamad al-Kaabi told reporters that the two sides were exploring many areas of cooperation rather than pursuing specific issues.

Mr Kaabi explained: “If there is an intent to build a nuclear power plant with Russian firms, then this agreement will cover that. Or if there is an intent to procure uranium, then this agreement will cover that too. It doesn’t mean this will happen, but it is there as a framework in case there is intent on the commercial side.” The agreement with Russia brings it in line with Canada, Australia, US, UK, France and South Korea, which have already concluded similar deals. (CONTINUED - 731 WORDS)