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Russia awaits NSG nod for N-assistance to India
March 05, 2006 21:21 IST
The Nuclear Suppliers Group comprising top providers of atomic technology will discuss the issue of nuclear cooperation with India at a meeting at the end of this month following the Indo-US nuclear deal, a Russian Atomic Energy Agency official said in Moscow.
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The recently signed Indo-US nuclear accord still remains a declaration and lot of diplomatic efforts will be required to fill it with content and lift NSG restrictions allowing the supplies of civilian nuclear technology and fuel to India, according to the Russian official who spoke to news agency ITAR-TASS on conditions of anonymity.
"Russia, which is building two VVER-1000 light water reactors for (Kudankulam) nuclear power plant under the deal signed during Soviet era, is not in a position to supply more technology and equipment to India due to current NSG guidelines," the official was quoted as saying.
He said the issue of nuclear cooperation with India will be discussed at a NSG meeting in Vienna at the end of this month.
In 1992, after Soviet collapse, Russia had joined the elite group of 40-odd nuclear supplier countries, dominated by the US allies and had gone ahead in finalising the Kudankulam deal just months after Pokharan-2, insisting that her accession to NSG did not have retrospective implications.