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Russia will never complete Iranian nuclear plant PDF Print E-mail
Written by neurope   
Monday, 23 November 2009


A Russian announcement that it will not be able to keep to schedule on a joint Iranian-Russian nuclear power plant project prompted an Iranian official to question whether Russia will ever complete its part of the work.

The Russians have never told us the truth and just followed their own interests - the Bushehr power plant will never be completed by Russia, Mahmoud Ahmadi-Biqash, spokesman of the parliamentary foreign policy and security commission, said.

The Russians are playing with Iran over Bushehr for 20 years and even if we waited another 200 years, this power plant would not get ready, ISNA quoted him as saying Ahmadi-Biqash’s comments came after Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko said the Bushehr plant would not be completed by the end of the year, as scheduled, due to technical problems.

Despite concern in the West over Iran’s nuclear programs, the light-water project in Bushehr is internationally tolerated due to Russia’s involvement and guarantees that nuclear fuel for the plant will be delivered from and nuclear waste returned to Russia. Iran’s has tolerated past Russian delays because it had no potential partners other than Russia, especially due to Western opposition to Iranian nuclear program.

Many Iranian officials have gradually become skeptical of Russian promises as the 1000-megawatt unit was originally scheduled to be completed at the beginning of the millennium, but has been delayed at least five times for various reasons, including political considerations.

The Russians are insincere and very unreliable and de facto using the Bushehr case as a political tool for realizing their interests with the West - eventually we have to complete the plant by ourselves, Ahmadi-Biqash added.

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