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BUSHEHR NUCLEAR POWER PLANT NOT GUARDED BY RUSSIAN SERVICEMEN

RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, February 28 (RIA Novosti) - The head of the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency, Alexander Rumyantsev, has refuted the reports by some mass media that Russian servicemen guard the nuclear power plant in Bushehr.

"Every important plant, especially a nuclear one, has its own security service. Bushehr is no exclusion. Its security service is headed by a Russian citizen, but I do not know anything about the presence there of Russian servicemen," Mr. Rumyantsev said at the news conference in RIA Novosti.

According to him, the nuclear power plant is guarded by Iranian servicemen.

He said that presently "an international collective" has been formed in Bushehr.

"Iranian builders and assemblers are working there. As to the future running of the station, Iranian specialists have been trained in Russia," Mr. Rumyantsev said.

The head of the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency believes that diplomat methods should be used with regard to the Iranian nuclear program,

"I believe that diplomatic possibilities are very vast and diversified," Mr. Rumyantsev noted, answering the question whether Russia's cooperation with Iran in the sphere of the peaceful use of atomic energy will hamper the USA's military plans.

"I am not ready to discuss, even hypothetically, any military actions of the USA," the head of the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency pointed out.



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