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Putin: Russia to complete Iran's nuclear power station in Bushehr on time


Moscow, Sept 21, IRNA-Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that his country is committed to complete Bushehr nuclear power station on time (scheduled in 2006).

Iran's Ambassador to Moscow Gholamreza Ansari told IRNA that during his meeting with Putin, when he presented his credentials to the Russian president, he underlined that Moscow will continue nuclear cooperation with Iran within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Ansari added that the Russian Atomic Energy Organization is currently preparing shipment of the fuel required for Bushehr power station.

Both sides reiterated the need to broaden multifaceted ties between the two neighboring countries, given its effective role in the security of the region.

Meanwhile, in his remarks on Tuesday, Head of the Russian Atomic Energy Organization Alexander Rumyantsev said that the nuclear power station currently under construction in Bushehr by his country will be completed in the coming year and that the first cargo of nuclear fuel will be sent there either at the end of the year 2005 or early 2006.

"At present, the preparatory measures for supply and shipment of the atomic fuel for Bushehr nuclear power station are underway under the supervision of IAEA experts," he added.

According to Rumyantsev, nuclear fuel will be filled in special containers at Russia's Novosibirsk area at the presence of IAEA specialists. "After being sealed, they will be shipped to Iran."

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