OECD Suspends Russia From Nuclear Energy Agency

The influential Organization of Economic Co-Operation and Development, based in Paris, said April 12 that it had suspended Russia’s membership in the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA).

OECD“The Russian Federation has been informed accordingly and the suspension will enter into force on 11 May,” the OECD said.

The OECD, a democracy-based organization, was founded in 1948 and currently has 38 members. It functions primarily as a cooperative think-tank and lobbyist group originally designed to promote Europe’s recovery from World War II.

The OECD did not spell out its reasons for suspending Russia’s membership, although clearly its aggressive military mobilization in Ukraine has reshaped the political landscape in Europe and throughout the globe. Last week, the United Nations suspended Russia’s membership in the influential Human Rights Council.

Russia is a major player in the international nuclear power market. It has the fifth largest civilian nuclear power program in the world after the United States, France, China and Japan. It is also the globe’s leading exporter of civilian nuclear power technology.

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