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Russia to build 12 nuclear reactors in India

12 marzo 2010

AFP Breaking News

NEW DELHI, India — Russia is to build 12 nuclear reactors in India, half of them by 2017, Sergei Kiriyenko, the head of Russia’s state atomic agency said Friday.

“We will now sign a road map which directly stipulates (the construction of) 12 units in India,” said Rosatom chief Kiriyenko, who was accompanying Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on his visit to India.

Six of the reactors will be built between 2012 and 2017, he added.

Russia is already building two nuclear power units in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Earlier Friday, Putin had described nuclear energy as one of the “most important and promising areas of cooperation” between Russia and India.

He also acknowledged growing competition after India sealed a landmark deal with the United States in 2008 that allowed India access to civilian nuclear energy despite its refusal to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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