Ukraine uranium sales plan

June 17, 2017

In a statement to the Senate on June 13, the federal government confirmed it will sell uranium to Ukraine despite significant safety and security concerns raised by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT).

In February a JSCOT investigation found that existing safeguards were “not sufficient” and there was a risk Australian nuclear material would disappear in Ukraine.

The government has ignored JSCOT’s recommendations on risk assessment and recovery of nuclear materials and is looking to complete the deal despite the risks of war, civil unrest and nuclear insecurity in Ukraine, which is involved in hostilities with Russia.

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