No reason not to believe PM: Russian envoy on KNPP

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had blamed foreign NGOs for the protests against Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.

Updated: Mar 04, 2012, 21:31 PM IST

Chennai: Agreeing with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s remarks blaming foreign NGOs for the protests against Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, a Russian envoy on Sunday hoped people would understand the need for it to be commissioned
very soon.

"We don`t have any reason not to believe to what the Prime
Minister of India has said. But, we hope that this kind of
environment will be stopped and the people here in India
understand that the nuclear power plant in Kudankulam should
be commissioned very soon," Nikolay A Listopadov, Consul
General for Russian Federation for southern India told
reporters here.

He was responding to a question on the Prime Minister`s
recent remarks made in an interview to the US-based `Science`
journal that "The atomic energy programme has gone into
difficulties because these NGOs, mostly I think based in the
US, don`t appreciate the need for our country to increase the
energy supply."

Earlier, Listopadov cast his vote in the Presidential
polls for the Russian Federation along with other diplomats at
the Consulate General here.

Russian Ambassador Alexander Kadakin had last week said,
"We have been suspecting this all along. I was open to even
saying this because it was very strange that six months
after the Fukushima tragedy, all of a sudden those protesters
raised their voice."

PTI