Ahead of Russian President Dmitry Medvedevs visit to India for the BRICS Summit,Russian Ambassador Alexander M Kadakin said on Monday the agreements for units III and IV of the Koodankulam nuclear plant were almost ready.
The agreements are almost initialled…just some minor issues to be worked, Kadakin told reporters. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Medvedev would hold bilateral talks on March 29,MEA Secretary (Economic Relations) Sudhir Vyas said.
Terming the decision of the state government to allow resumption of work at the Russia-built Koodankulam nuclear plant as correct but long overdue,the envoy said the stalling of the work due to protests had cost around $1 million to India every day over the last six months.
He said Russia showed a lot of patience with its experts sitting idle,adding that it could take another four to six months for the plant with two 1,000 MW reactors to start production.
Kadakin hoped that Indias civil nuclear liability would not apply to new units as they were extensions of the old project. Russia is now waiting for India to propose another site to it after the informal proposal for a nuclear facility in Haripur was met with strong protests in Bengal.
Syria,Iran in Delhi Declaration
The situation in Syria,Iran and Afghanistan is likely to dominate the discussions between the BRICS leaders as they gather for the fourth summit of the five-nation group on Thursday. At the March 29 meet,the leaders of Brazil,Russia,India,China and South Africa will also come out with Delhi Declaration,outlining their positions on the still-evolving situation in the region.
The summit is also expected to find a common denominator on these crucial issues given the fact that these countries have taken different positions in the recent past on country-specific resolutions. Sudhir Vyas,Secretary (ER),MEA,said the Delhi Declaration would articulate BRCISs position on contemporary issues and also come out with an action plan.
Ready for talks: protest leader
Tirunelveli: S P Udayakumar,the convener of the Peoples Movement Against Nuclear Energy who is leading the protests against the Koodankulam nuclear plant,said on Monday the protesters were ready for talks. If we are considered people of this country and if our ahimsa protest is respected,government should talk to us, said Udayakumar,who has been on an indefinite fast since March 12.