Rosatom, Russia’s state-owned nuclear conglomerate, has been working to supply Russia’s military with components, technology, and raw materials for missiles, according to The Washington Post. The materials were sent to weapons makers that sell to Russia’s military, and presumably some of those missiles have been deployed in Russia’s war against Ukraine.
While this news is not surprising in general terms, the key business implication is that it may prompt the U.S. to place sanctions on Rosatom. Since Rosatom exports uranium to the U.S. and the European Union (EU) for use in commercial nuclear reactors — indeed, it supplied 14% of the U.S.’s uranium needs in 2021 — major uranium buyers may be forced to purchase uranium from other sources. This in turn could put upward pressure on spot uranium prices and ultimately help small uranium miners in the U.S. and Canada.
Any sanctions that the U.S. or the EU would impose […]
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