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Russian nuclear chief endorses N-cooperation with India
Vinay Shukla in Moscow | December 09, 2005 22:56 IST
Chief of Russia's Federal Atomic Energy Agency on Friday endorsed expansion of nuclear cooperation with New Delhi, including in the development of new generation reactors.
"We highly value India's impeccable track record in non-proliferation, as well as its intention to extend IAEA safeguards on nuclear fuel cycle," Federal Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom) chief Sergei Kiriyenko said.
"In this context we will back any constructive proposal of the Nuclear Suppliers Group vis-à-vis India, with the view to strengthen nuclear non-proliferation regime on the whole," Kiriyenko said, calling for the transformation of international legal base regarding New Delhi.
A Rosatom press release issued after this week's meeting of Kiriyenko and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, Anil Kakodkar, within the framework of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Moscow visit, said, 'The Head of the Federal Atomic Energy Agency proposed to expand nuclear cooperation with India, which should not be limited to the construction of two units of Kudankulam nuclear power plant."
The two sides also discussed the prospects of scientific-technical cooperation of the two nations in the field of peaceful use of nuclear energy, including in the framework of ITER project and future cooperation in the development of fourth and fifth generation nuclear reactors.
During his Kremlin talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday Russian President Vladimir Putin had assured India of Russia's backing for lifting curbs and help in meeting the challenge of energy security, including in the civilian nuclear energy.