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Australia, India to sign uranium export deal

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Australia's prime minister Tony Abbott said that he will sign a uranium export deal with India for peaceful power generation this week.

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Mr. Abbott but added that exports of the nuclear fuel to Russia have been banned until further notice.

Mr. Abbott told Parliament he would sign a nuclear cooperation agreement with newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a three-day visit to Mumbai and New Delhi which officially starts Thursday. "My hope is to deepen the friendship between Australia and India at a time of renewed optimism in India under the new government of Prime Minister Modi."

Mr. Abbott declared an official end to the uranium trade with Russia in response to a call from the minor Greens party for uranium to be included in trade sanctions triggered by Russian military intervention in Ukraine.

"There will be no Australian uranium sales to Russia until further notice. Australia has no intention of selling uranium to a country which is so obviously in breach of international law as Russia currently is."

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