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Sunday, February 12, 2017
High-Ranking Russian Officials Due in Iran in Coming Weeks

High-Ranking Russian Officials Due in Iran in Coming Weeks
February, 12, 2017 - 15:13
https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2017/02/12/1326410/high-ranking-russian-officials-due-in-iran-in-coming-weeks

TEHRAN (Tasnim) A number of senior Russian officials, including First
Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov and Energy Minister Alexander Novak,
plan to make separate visits to Iran in coming weeks to discuss topics of
mutual interest.

Heading a high-ranking delegation, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry
Rogozin is slated to pay a visit to Iran in coming weeks and hold talks on
Tehran-Moscow cooperation in various areas, including defense fields, the
Iranian Embassy in Moscow said.

Shuvalov will also travel to Tehran in late February to exchange views with
Iranian officials on way to boost economic ties between Iran and the
Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

Alexander Novak and Minister for Trade of the Eurasian Economic Commission
Veronika Nikishina will also head to the Islamic Republic in the near
future.

Back in September 2016, 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.

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