Russians Will Finish Iranian Nuclear Power Plant – Putin Promises To Help Defend Iran From Attack From The West
(Best Syndication) Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to help the Iranians complete their nuclear reactor at Bushehr and to help protect the country from an attack by the west. Russia has many economic ties to the Persian country, including the contract for a nuclear power plant. The London Times reports that in a private meeting after the Summit of Caspian Nations, Putin promised to “assist Iran’s peaceful nuclear program”.
Tony Halpin in Moscow reports that Russia is building Iran’s first atomic power plant in the port city of Bushehr. Although Russia has delayed the delivery of nuclear fuel because of a delay in payments by Iran, Russian media reports that Moscow had promised to complete the work on schedule.
The Russian news agency Ria reports that the original contract goes back to 1995. The Russians complained that Tehran had only paid 60% of the required funds for the fourth quarter of 2006 and completely stopped payments in mid-January.
Putin says that the delays can be traced back to certain technical and legal problems from a 1975 construction contract between Iran and Germany. Ria does not specify whether the agreement was made between East or West Germany, but claims the contract was never implemented.
"At the start of the construction we received German equipment, which is obviously outdated," Putin said. He went on to say that some other subcontractors, including South Korea, failed to provide equipment under relevant contracts with Iran.
Putin said that these problems are cleared up now, and construction can move forward. "In addition, there are certain legal provisions in the [Russian-Iranian] contract that have to be revised and amended," the president said.
By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication News Writer