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Fradkov hints at supply of nuclear fuel to Tarapur

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Mar 16 (UNI) Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov today hinted at his country's willingness to go ahead with the supply of urnaium to the Tarapur Atomic Power Plant.

"I will discuss the issue during my meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tomorrow," Mr Fradkov said in reply to a question from the audience during a Busiess Dinner meeting with the three apex chambers.

The event was organsied jointly by FICCI, ASSOCHAM and CII.

"We have solved the issue within the framework of International commitments. It is in the interest of both the countries. We have informed the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) about the supply of nuclear fuel to Tarapur Power Plant," he said.

Mr Fradkov's statement assumes signficance in view of America expressing concern about Russia's move to supply N-fuel to India.

India had felt that a deal with America will allow India to import Russian nuclear technology. However, American reservation and objection to India-Russia nuclear deal has led to speculation in various circles about the deal coming through.

The US has said that any such step should be taken after India fulfils its obligations under the historic Indo-US nuclear deal.

But Mr Fradkov's statement at the Business meet has brightened the prospects of the deal with Russia coming through.


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