By signing a memorandum with Washington on the implementation of a project in the field of nuclear energy with a total cost of $ 30 billion, Kiev has changed its vector in the relevant field, Ukrainian experts say.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, who is on a visit to the United States, announced the signing of a protocol worth $ 30 billion between the Ukrainian National Atomic Energy Generating Company Energoatom and the American Westinghouse Electric.
The protocol provides for the joint construction of a power unit at the Khmelnytsky NPP as a pilot project, and in the future, four more units using a similar technology.
Deputy Director for International Affairs of the Center for Army Research, Conversion and Disarmament Mikhail Samus and head of the Doctrine Center for Political Research Yaroslav Bozhko told Anadolu agency about the nuclear energy protocol between the United States and Ukraine.
Samus noted that the achievement of the channel can already be called a success of Zelensky’s visit to the United States.
“Nuclear energy is one of the main components in the electric power industry and the economy of Ukraine, and it is very important to find ways to modernize and develop this sector, since all power units were built during the Soviet Union,” Samus said.
– Ukraine has chosen the United States as its main partner in the field of nuclear energy
Samus noted that Ukraine will not depend on Russia in the issue of nuclear energy and therefore chose the United States as its main partner in this direction.
Russia is trying to be a major player in the region’s nuclear power market, Samus said, highlighting the country’s ongoing projects in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Turkey.
According to him, after the 2014 war, Ukraine began to buy nuclear fuel from the United States, and not from Russia.
“This contract shows that Ukraine will continue to refuse from Russian nuclear fuel and buy American. Kiev will finally abandon Soviet-Russian technologies, ”Samus added.
The interlocutor of AA noted that he expects great news, in particular in the field of economics and investment. “Now for Ukraine, the economy is the most basic direction that needs to be developed. Without economics, it is impossible to talk about the development of high technology both in the civilian field and in the military. We saw this on the example of Turkey, which relied on high technologies, drones and the Navy, ”he added.
According to the head of the Doctrine Center for Political Research Yaroslav Bozhko, in many ways the agreement means the development of the American presence in the Ukrainian energy sector.
Bozhko believes that the Ukrainian energy sector faces the urgent problem of reducing the level of dependence on Russia. “And in the field of nuclear energy, this dependence is more visible than ever: back in 2010, the Russian Federation was the only supplier of nuclear fuel to Ukraine,” he added.
According to him, in this matter, the United States, represented by Westinghouse, has become a source of nuclear fuel, making it possible to diversify fuel for the nuclear power industry of Ukraine.
“Gradually, the share of Russian energy carriers is decreasing, and the share of American ones is increasing in nuclear energy,” the expert noted.
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