Russia, Venezuela discuss cooperation on peaceful use of nuclear

21 February 2024

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with Venezuelan counterpart Yván Gil that they had discussed expanding bilateral cooperation in a range of areas including energy, medicine, space exploration and agriculture.

Lavrov, third from right seated, held the talks in Caracas (Image: X/@yvangil)

Lavrov said: "The peaceful use of nuclear energy, which we also discussed, is also promising."

According to a Russian Foreign Ministry transcript of the press conference, Lavrov then added: "We agreed to increase the pace and volume of cooperation in all these areas. We have a common opinion that this work helps to increase the sustainability of our national economies and strengthen the technological sovereignty of Russia and Venezuela. We are ready to share the experience we have accumulated over recent years with our Venezuelan friends."

Gil, in a post on social media platform X, said it was a successful meeting: "We have agreed to further strengthen bilateral relations between our countries, establishing new mechanisms and avenues for cooperation, especially in the tourism, cultural and economic fields."

According the Venezuelan Presidential press service: "Venezuela and Russia are advancing efficiently in the economic-commercial, scientific-technical and humanitarian-cultural areas, prioritising joint projects in energy, infrastructure, agriculture, medicine, education and culture."

Venezuela and Russia have discussed nuclear energy cooperation in the past, with a civil nuclear cooperation agreement signed in October 2010 providing for the construction of two 1200 MWe reactors and a research reactor to produce radioisotopes. Although it appears that the power plant plan was shelved the following year, cooperation in nuclear education continued for Venezuelan students at Russian universities.

Researched and written by World Nuclear News