Australia to consider Georgia conflict in Russia uranium deal

Australia to consider Georgia conflict in Russia uranium deal

Australia to consider Georgia conflict in Russia uranium deal

Updated 19 December 2011, 13:08 AEDT

Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith says the government will take into account the recent conflict in Georgia, when deciding whether to ratify a new agreement to sell uranium to Russia.

Mr Smith says the government believes the agreement promotes the highest international standards in nuclear safeguards and meets Australia's requirements.

But some members of Federal Parliament's Treaties committee have expressed concerns about Russia's actions in the Georgia conflict, and its threat to use a nuclear weapon against Poland.

Mr Smith says the Government will take the committee's views into account.

"When considering ratification the government will take into account not just the merits of the agreement, but recent and ongoing events in Georgia and the state of Australia's bilateral relationship with the Russian federation," he said.