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MOSCOW, July 2 (Itar-Tass) - Iran is ready to build new nuclear power plants with the aid from Russia, outgoing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday.
“We can expand our cooperation and build new nuclear power plants. The preliminary negotiations were held, we need your instruction to begin the practical activity,” Ahmadinejad told President Vladimir Putin at the negotiations in the Kremlin.
The outgoing Iranian president noted the cooperation with Russia in the nuclear industry. “The nuclear power plant (in Bushehr) is built and produces the electric power, Bushehr turned in a good symbol of bilateral cooperation between Russia and Iran,” he believes.
“Iran and Russia have a broad agenda to expand cooperation, we are the neighbourly countries, which cannot separate from each other, particularly at the present moment the cooperation is needed,” Ahmadinejad believes.
In his view, “it is needed to increase the level of economic cooperation at the maximum possible level.” However, the Iranian president noted that for the development of cooperation “some administrative obstacles exist.” “Thanks to joint decisions we will be able to remove them,” he believes.
Ahmadinejad assured that “there are no obstacles for the development of relations from the Iranian side, beginning from the oil and gas sector to the sphere of science and technologies.”
In March 2012, in reply to Iran’s proposal to build several more nuclear power units at the nuclear power plant in Bushehr head of the Russian state-run nuclear corporation Rosatom Sergei Kiriyenko noted that Russia is not conducting negotiations over the construction of new nuclear power plants in Iran and put the nuclear power plant Bushehr, which Rosatom built, on design capacity.
The governments of Russia and Iran concluded an agreement over the construction of the nuclear power plant in 1992, the contract over the end of construction of the first power unit of the nuclear power plant was signed in January 1995. In 2001 the delivery of the main technological equipment began. The physical launch of the nuclear power plant Bushehr was made under the control of the IAEA inspectors on August 21, 2010, when the fresh nuclear fuel was delivered for the reactors of the nuclear power plant.