Russia Insists on Completing Iran’s Power Plant

A00150993.jpgTEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Russia’s National Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov stressed that Moscow is committed to completing and launching Iran’s first nuclear power plant in Bushehr on schedule this year.According to a statement released by the Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Bureau, Ivanov made the remarks in a meeting here on Sunday with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, where the two sides discussed bilateral ties, and exchanged views about regional and international issues as well as Iran’s nuclear case.

During the meeting, the Iranian top diplomat noted Russia’s diplomatic potentials, and stressed that Tehran and Moscow can, through more serious cooperation, play an influential role in the establishment of security in the region, in Central Asia and the Caucasus in particular.

Referring to the two countries’ economic relations, he called for increased cooperation between the two nations in grounds of economic infrastructures.

For his part, Secretary of Russian National Security Council Igor Ivanov noted Iran’s influential role in the region, and said that the visits to Tehran by different officials of his country are aimed at maintaining regular exchange of views and consultations about regional issues.

Pointing to the two states’ nuclear cooperation, Ivanov reiterated, “Russia will strictly fulfill its obligations to finish Bushehr project on schedule.”

Last year, Russia agreed to ship fuel to Bushehr by March 2007 and launch the facility in September, and November was set for the start of the generation of electricity.

Ivanov also called for the boosting of the two countries’ economic ties within the next meeting of Iran-Russia joint economic commission, and stressed the need for the commission to pursue the already signed agreements until the achievement of final results.

He further assured that Russia follows up on all joint projects agreed by the two sides in their joint commission meetings.

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