Despite the obvious unease of the United States about Russia’s aiding the proliferation of nuclear technology among Islamic countries, Moscow is angling for a contract to build Egypt’s first nuclear power station in Egypt, reported the ITAR-TASS news agency.
Speaking to ITAR-TASS, Russia’s deputy atomic energy minister, Yevgeny Reshetnikov, said that while Egypt had not said who it would choose to pursue the project, Russia was counting on its signing the contract.
Meanwhile, Russia’s involvement in the Iranian nuclear energy program continues, with its first reactor in the country to become operational within 12 months. Ultimately, Russia will build at least five nuclear reactors at the Bushehr nuclear power plant.
Russia has been involved in Bushehr since 1994. It did so after Siemens of Germany withdrew from the project in the wake of the Iranian Islamic Revolution.
The United States has been critical of Russia for its work on the Bushehr project, which it believes could become part of an Iranian nuclear weapon program. For their part, both the Iranians and Russians say that the Bushehr program has no military application. – (MENA Report)
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