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Iran talks on Bushehr project funding to continue in Tehran

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, March 12, IRNA
A new stage of the Russian-Iranian negotiations on the completion of the Bushehr nuclear power plant is to begin in Tehran, the press secretary of the Russian company Atomstroieksport, Irina Yesipova, said.

Yesipova said that a "leading expert of Atomstroieksport flew to Tehran on Sunday to lead the Russian negotiators".

"Other participants in the negotiations on the Russian side had flown to Tehran from the site of the Bushehr plant," she said.

Several other experts of Atomstroieksport, a general contractor in the project of building the Bushehr plant, are ready to fly to Tehran if necessary.

The chief of the Bushehr department of Atomstroieksport, Vladimir Pavlov, earlier said that "it is planned to hold in Tehran the second stage of the Russian-Iranian talks on the crisis situations that have arisen in the construction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant".

He expressed the hope that at this stage, the "Iranian side will prepare necessary documents helping the resolution of the problems with the financing of the plant construction and supplies of additional equipment from third countries."

The vice president of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Mohammad Saidi, in turn said that Tehran was going to put forward at the Tehran talks new initiatives for settlement of the situation.

The Russian-Iranian talks on Tehran's funding of the Bushehr project and deliveries of equipment from third countries began in Moscow on March 7.

The sides have failed to come to a decision during three-day discussions or sign any documents.

An informed Russian source close to the talks told reporters that the "financing of the construction in 2007 by the Iranian side was in fact derailed, the problem of equipment supplies by third countries has not found a solution".

The contract for building the first energy unit at the Bushehr plant was signed in Tehran on January 8, 1995.

Russia undertook to supply one VVER-1000 reactor, train Iranian specialists and deliver nuclear fuel for the reactor.

The construction timetable was laid down by an additional accord signed by the Russian and Iranian sides in September last year.

Under the accord, Russia is to supply fuel for the Bushehr nuclear power plant in March of this year, six months before the start-up of the reactor that is scheduled for this September.


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