Russia's new nuclear dreams are overly ambitious

  • 2006-02-22
  • By Victor Yasmann, RFE/RL
Nuclear power occupies a special place in Russian President Vladimir Putin's national energy strategy, which was unveiled in December 2005. Putin told the country's Security Council that Russia has "competitive, natural and technological advantages" and must become an "energy superpower" to regain political leadership in the world. Putin stressed that, while today Russia exports mainly hydrocarbons, it should develop nuclear, hydrogen and other alternative sources of energy.Speaking at a Kremlin press conference on Jan. 31, Putin said that the share of nuclear energy generation should incre...
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