Interview: Russia's Ulyanov on Iran, Ukraine and Aukus

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As Russia's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mikhail Ulyanov is at the center of key global nuclear issues: the Vienna-based agency's response to a dynamic situation at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, the controversial Australia-UK-US (Aukus) initiative to transfer nuclear-powered submarines to Australia, and the effort to revive the 2015 Iran deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). As the IAEA General Conference convened this week in Vienna, Energy Intelligence's Phil Chaffee sat down with Ulyanov to discuss these issues. They spoke the morning of Sep. 29, only hours before the Kremlin officially announced the annexation of four territories in Ukraine. Below is a transcript of the interview, edited for brevity and clarity.

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