Kudankulam: Russia happy with N-project

Russia expressed happiness at the resumption of work at the Kudankulam nuclear project and hoped that more units will come with its participation.

Moscow: Russia on Saturday expressed happiness at
the resumption of work at the Kudankulam nuclear project and
hoped that more units will come with its participation.

This was conveyed by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry
Rogozin during his meeting with External Affairs Minister SM
Krishna.

"Yes, we did talk about Kudankulam and they were quite
satisfied with the resumption of work.

"The minister conveyed in so many terms that the engineers
and technicians are back on the site and they hope that they
would be able to complete it on time and they are also looking
forward to the other units coming up," Krishna said.

Referring to a series of problems at the power plant site,
official sources said India conveyed that federal nature
demands that state governments are taken into confidence on
several issues.

The two leaders also discussed the 2G verdict and the
delivery schedule of aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov.

Asked about the Supreme Court`s 2G verdict, Krishna said
Sistema was one of the issues which was aired during the
meeting.

Sistema has stakes in MTS in India which is one of the
operators whose 2G licences have been cancelled by the apex
court.

"I conveyed to them that government of India has already
moved in this matter by approving a Presidential Reference to
the Supreme Court. So a larger bench, a Constitutional bench
will hopefully look into this question," he said.

Meanwhile, sources said Russia conveyed that INS
Vikramaditya (Admiral Gorshkov) will be be delivered by the
end of this year.

On India`s support for candidate for the post of World
Bank President, Krishna said New Delhi will not decide its
support in terms of nation.

"India is going to support the best man who has the
necessary qualifications to head head the world body," he
said.

Krishna added that the nodal ministry? The Finance
Ministry, in consultations with others who matter, will take a
call on the issue.

Rogozin, who has just taken over, will co-chair the
India-Russia inter-governmental commission with Krishna.

This was the first meeting between the two in which
Krishna invited him to visit India which Rogozin accepted.

PTI

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