Iran, Russia discuss closer nuclear cooperation

Tasnim – Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi, who is on an official visit to Russia, held talks with Rosatom’s Deputy Director General for International Affairs Nikolai Spassky on boosting cooperation between the two sides.

During the meeting, held in Moscow on Tuesday, Kamalvadi and Spassky discussed ways to deepen mutual cooperation in the field of peaceful nuclear energy.

Kamalvandi left Tehran for the Russian capital on Sunday to attend an upcoming seminar titled “A Review of 25 Years of Iran-Russia Nuclear Cooperation & the Horizon Ahead”.

In addition to Iranian and Russian officials, some representatives of the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) will be also present at the event.

Political officials and Rosatom authorities are scheduled to address the seminar.

Back in September, Iran and Russia started the construction of the second unit of a nuclear power plant near the Iranian southern port city of Bushehr.

A ceremony was held to commence the project, attended by Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi, and Sergei Kiriyenko, head of Russian state nuclear energy corporation Rosatom.

The second unit is expected to take 9 years to complete (October 2024). A third unit will also begin to be built 18 months later after that (April 2026).

A total of $10 billion has been allocated for the construction of the two units.