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Russia acknowledges determination to complete Bushehr power plant

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Moscow, Aug 17, IRNA -- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Tuesday acknowledged determination to complete and launch Bushehr power plant.

“Russia has never looked at the project as a case for abuse,” he said in a meeting with Iran’s ambassador in Moscow, Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi

“We are happy Bushehr power plant came on stream,” he said.

Reactor at the plant will be loaded with fuel on August 21, he noted.

Referring to Russia’s opposition to the unilateral sanctions on Iran by the US and EU, he said that such moves will harm credibility of the UN Security Council and the Group 5+1 (permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany).

Expressing support for Tehran Declaration on fuel swap for Tehran medical research reactor brokered by Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran in May, the Russian official said that Iran is entitled to nuclear rights based on Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Sajjadi, for his part, appreciated Russia positive stance and stressed the need for talks in the face of different issues.

Russian officials have repeatedly expressed their opposition to the US and its allies’ unilateral sanctions and described it as illegal.

In the meantime, Alexei Borodavkin, a Russian deputy foreign minister, has also voiced his country’s opposition to the US and European unilateral sanctions.

Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Andrey Nesterenko has underlined Moscow’s stance vis-à-vis the sanctions terming them as unacceptable.

Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry called for resuming talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 and welcomed diplomatic efforts to be made by Iran, Brazil and Turkey to implement the fuel swap agreement according to which the western suppliers will deliver 20 percent fuel for Tehran medical research reactor in return for 3.5 percent uranium to be delivered by Iran.

Iran criticized the western suppliers for negligence on fuel shortage at Tehran medical research reactor which produces isotopes and medicines for cancer patients since early 1970s.

Iran demanded the International Atomic Energy Agency coordinate with the western suppliers to provide fuel for Tehran medical research reactor.

Iran says Tehran medical reactor is currently operating below its capacity due to fuel shortages and the Iranian public opinion have got the message that the western suppliers are pursuing their financial benefits rather than considering humanitarian dimension of operating Tehran medical reactor.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 1285025



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