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Completion of Bushehr powerplant is a priority for Russia

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Moscow, Dec 7, IRNA

The new head of Russia Atomic Agency Sergei Kirienko said here Wednesday the speedy completion of Bushehr nuclear powerplant is a priority in Moscow's relations with Tehran.

Kirienko, also the head of Iran-Moscow Economic and Technical Cooperation Commission, in a meeting with several Iranian officials including, Ambassador to Russia Qolamreza Ansari as well as Deputy heads of Iran Atomic Energy Agency Mohammad Saeedi and Assadollah Sabouri stressed on cooperation with Iran in oil, gas, aerospace, north-south corridor and notably nuclear energy for peaceful use.

"The primary aim of Moscow is to establish the underpinnings of a long-term and principled ties with Tehran," he added.

The Iranian ambassador congratulated Kirienko on his appointment as the new head of Russia Atomic Energy Agency and head of Iran-Russia Economic and Technical Cooperation Commission.

He further pointed to the need for cooperation in oil and gas via participation in joint projects, gas swaps and laying of pipelines, north-south corridor by activation of Caspian Sea ports and joint projects in third countries in all areas including electricity generating powerplants.

Ansari also reviewed the current bilateral political and economic relations and reiterated the need for using the two nations' ample potentials to forge long-term plans.

Saeedi also said that Iran is keen for Russia to follow in earnest the issues relating to the nuclear energy issues.

He also thanked Russia for its efforts in advancing the issue of Iran's nuclear activities in the international arenas.

Saeedi also expressed confidence that Iran will continue on its logical and prudent path.

Saeedi alluded to the September report of the head of
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) saying Iran strives to incorporate the concerns of the nuclear watchdog agency and is ready to give assurances on the issue to preserve its right to enrich uranium on its soil.

Sabouri also touched on the work in progress at the Bushehr nuclear powerplant's various sections.

He further called on the Russia Atomic Energy Agency to exert more supervision and control over the activities of the main contractors of the powerplant in order to complete the project on schedule.

Kirienko also said that Moscow is ready to participate in the Tehran-Moscow Economic and Technical Commission sessions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Iranian nuclear case should be resolved within the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

He told reporters after meeting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Moscow that he believes that IAEA is capable of resolving all the issues concerning Iranian nuclear program.

President Putin said in the meantime that he expects Iranian officials to remain committed to their undertakings with the UN nuclear watchdog.

He said that Russia would do its best to facilitate negotiations on Iranian nuclear program with the participation of more countries.

Russian president said that he and Indian prime minister exchanged views about Iranian nuclear program.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that India holds similar stance as Russia about Iranian nuclear program.

"We hope that Iranian nuclear standoff to be settled within the IAEA," Indian prime minister said.


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