Russia is likely to build two more nuclear power plants in Iran. The indication comes from a senior Rosatom official.
Nikolai Spassky, Rosatom’s deputy director general for international affairs, said that his country was ready to sign agreements with Iran to build two more nuclear plants in the Islamic republic. The official from Russia’s State Corporation on Atomic Energy said that the company was ready to build the second and the third nuclear power plants in Iran.
Spassky had a meeting with Mehdi Sanaei, Iran's ambassador to Russia. He said his company would want to build the plants in Bushehr. Russia already has a nuclear plant in the southern port city in Iraq.
Iran's Press TV reported that Spassky was hopeful about a potential nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers. He hoped that an agreement would be finalized before a June deadline.
Russia’s business relations with Iran seem to be growing: It has given six Iranian food companies permission to export their products to Russia. "We gave permission for the delivery of food products from six Iranian companies: four dairy producers, and two poultry producers," Yulia Melano, press secretary for Russia's Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Inspection Service, told Business Insider. “Deliveries can begin only after the completion of an additional set of requirements, which will guarantee complete safety.”
Financial Times reported that Russia had expressed uncertainty about delivering high-end defense missiles in the future. Yevgeny Lukyanov, deputy head of Russia’s Security Council, said that it was still not the right time to make such deliveries. His comments came Tuesday while Western powers, including the United States, have been critical about Russia’s decision to clear the missile deal. According to some, Russia’s lenient attitude toward Iran may delay the process of finalizing the nuclear agreement.