Russian Uranium

The Pentagon has recently shared its worries about Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear agency, furnishing China with highly enriched uranium for fast-breeder reactors. John Plumb, the US assistant secretary of defense for space policy, remarked that it was “very disturbing” to view the cooperation between Russia and China on this issue.

At a House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces posture hearing, Mr.Plumb was briefed about the issue and expressed his concern over Russia and China’s cooperation on the matter, saying it was “very troubling.”

Plumb added:

“They may have talking points around it, but there’s no getting around the fact that breeder reactors are plutonium, and plutonium is for weapons. So I think the [Defense] Department is concerned. And, of course, it matches our concerns about China’s increased expansion of its nuclear forces, because you need more plutonium for more weapons.” 

The Russian incursion into Ukraine has caused Moscow to be effectively disconnected from the west. As a result, the Russians have been attempting to develop closer relationships with Beijing and are also trying to procure various types of weapons from them.

Sergei Lavrov
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov (Source: DIP Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation/Wikimedia Commons)

Moscow Aligns With Beijing

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov indicated at a G20 gathering in India that Moscow is eager to further its relationship with Beijing.

Beijing has made no denunciation concerning the Russian invasion, and the US has cautioned China against arming the Kremlin.

According to Plumb, China is quickly broadening and diversifying its nuclear arsenal. He went on to mention that both China and Russia are considering the possibilities of utilizing nuclear weapons, space warfare, and long-range strikes to counter the US and its associates.