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Putin: Russia to run Bushehr nuclear power plant at the earliest

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Oct 16, IRNA
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that delay in completion of Bushehr nuclear power plant is not politically motivated and Russia is serious about finishing the job as soon as possible but there are some minor issues which should first be resolved.

Speaking to reporters after the second Caspian Sea littoral states summit, he said the experts from the two sides restarted talks on the issue on Tuesday.

"We have signed an agreement with Iran that the nuclear fuel should be returned to Russia which is on top of the agenda in meeting between experts from the two sides," he said.

He rejected that the delay is due to political reasons and said that it has remained incomplete because of technical and legal issues.

Calling the Islamic Republic of Iran as a big regional and global power, he said that Iran and Russia have friendly ties and are to broaden cooperation and activities.

The current level of trade exchanges between Iran and Russia reached dlrs two billion and this is expected to increase.

On expansion of NATO, he said Russia is opposed to expansion of NATO and believes that expansion of such military organizations can not avert the danger posed by international terrorism.

"I do not have a good impression for expansion of NATO," he underlined.

Existing global issues such as terrorism, narcotic trafficking, wars and conflicts, military interventions as well as other issues could not be resolved by expanding NATO but confidence-building should be practiced instead, he said.

Iran and Russia are to help resolve regional conflicts and help restore peace and tranquility for nations, he pointed out.

On presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan, he said Iran and Russia attach importance to developments in that war-stricken country and wish its people live in peace and tranquility and the foreign forces will withdraw their troops from there and let Afghan people administer their own affairs and decide their destiny.

On US unilateralism in global affairs, he said, "We seek a multi-polar world and I personally am against unilateralism." The US is not able to enforce a uni-polar system because no power would be able to resolve all issues single-handed, he said.

Current situation in Afghanistan and Iraq are rooted in the idea of unilateralism, he said adding, "We should try to help international organizations, mainly the United Nations, and respect international code of conduct as well as rules and regulations in dealing with global issues."

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