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01/26/10

Russian Envoy: Bushehr Nuclear Plant Is Completed, But Equipment Tests Are Needed

Source: ISNA, Tehran

Russian ambassador to Iran Alexander Sadovnikov said Bushehr nuclear power plant has been completed but its apparatuses need to be meticulously tested.

"Bushehr nuclear power plant has been fully completed and its pieces of equipment are installed, but it is necessary to test the pieces before uranium processing in reactor."

Speaking in a meeting on Iran and Russia relations, he said, "when nuclear processing begins, we should be sure that all pieces of equipment are working in concordance with other ones to prevent any incidents."

He also added any extra control or check will be done if necessary.


View of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant in Southern Iran
 

As to S-300 missile system delivery to Iran, Alexander Sadovnikov said, "the issue is tractable and God willing we will reach an agreement on delivery of the missile."

"We do not deny Iran-Russia commitments towards each other and we will complete them."

Elsewhere, regarding talks on Iran's nuclear issue, he said, "we have always consisted on honest, friendly and transparent talks to find solutions."

"Although we are not that much satisfied with announcement on 20 percent uranium enrichment in Iran, since some countries which do not trust (Iran) would say the measure shows Iran has killed the time to expand uranium enrichment and will finally reach something else, off course I do not agree with this treatment, but we should not pave the way for pretexts to emerge."

Meanwhile regarding a question on Russian dual-track approach on Caspian Sea, Sadovnikov said, "excuse me, but the sea is named Caspian Sea not Mazandaran sea," an Iranian northern coastal city near Caspian Sea.

He continued Russia has already said fundamental decision on Caspian Sea legal regime needs to be reached through agreement among the five coastal countries.

Meanwhile, as to a question that Russia is said to have withdrawn from its nuclear stances, he said, "we have not changed our stances and we have not withdrawn, we only joined P5+1 since we saw that it will be possible to help Iran and the world to resolve the issue."

"If we did not take any measure, tougher sanctions would have been imposed against Iran."

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