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Iran has no debt to Russia for Bushehr power plant: Spokesman

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, July 30, IRNA
Iran has met all its commitments to Russia for the Bushehr nuclear power plant and has no debt to Moscow in this regard, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said on Monday.

Speaking to domestic and foreign reporters at his weekly press briefing, he said what was mentioned by Russia "could be discussed within the framework of Tehran-Moscow talks.

"Iran has said that all demands of the Russian side are negotiable during their talks," stressed the spokesman.

He made the remarks commenting on recent claims of Russia that Iran has failed to fulfill its financial commitments on Bushehr project in southwestern Iran.

The project was due to be started up in September 2007 but its construction operation was halted earlier this year over claims made by the Russian side that Iran was not paying its bills for the project.

"Iran has always stressed that it would be in the interest of Russia not to waste the time and speed up the completion of the power plant," Hosseini said.

Stressing that on construction of Bushehr nuclear power plant Iran "has not put all its eggs in one basket," the spokesman said that talks have been underway between Iranian and Russian officials "to follow up technical issues."

Noting that a team of Iranian experts are due to visit Russia in near future, Hosseini rejected reports that Iran's Under-Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Javad Vaeedi was to visit Moscow.

"The report is not correct," Hosseini said.

Commenting on Russia's reported opposition to transferring Iran's natural gas to Europe, the spokesman said "No official stand has been announced in this regard."

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