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Iran to sign deal with Russia on construction of two new nuclear plants
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TEHRAN – Ali Akbar Salehi, the Iranian nuclear chief, is scheduled to visit Moscow in the near future to sign a pact with Russia on the construction of two new nuclear plants in Iran, an Iranian nuclear official said on Tuesday.
 
Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said the Russian and Iranian officials have agreed to finalize the text of the deal within the next few weeks. 
 
Nikolai Spassky, the deputy CEO for International Relations at Russian state company Rosatom, arrived in Tehran on Monday and held talks with a number of Iranian officials to discuss the technical and commercial terms of the deal. 
 
Salehi will visit Moscow to sign the deal in late August, Kamalvandi said.
 
Also, CEO of Russia’s state nuclear energy corporation Rosatom Sergei Kirienko said on Monday that Russia plans to sign a contract with Iran on the construction of two new energy blocks for the Bushehr nuclear facility by the end of the year, RIA Novosti news agency reported.
 
“Talks are being held and they are nearing the completion stage. We hope that by the end of this year we will move on to the final signing and additions to the intergovernmental agreement, and then the according contract,” Kirienko said.
 
The Rosatom CEO elaborated that the two parties were discussing the preparation of additions to the current intergovernmental agreement and a new commercial contract between the entities.
 
 
MT/PA 

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