Azerbaijani frees Russian equipment for Bushehr nuclear plant

May 4, 2008 - 0:0

TEHRAN (RIA Novosti) - The Russian equipment for the Bushehr nuclear power plant earlier held up on the Azerbaijani-Iranian border has been finally delivered to Iran, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

""The cargo is on its way to the Bushehr NPP after Azerbaijan received all documents required from the Russian side,"" Mohammad Al Hosseini told Iranian satellite TV channel Alalam.
The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said Thursday Azerbaijan has allowed the Russian equipment for Bushehr, detained on the border more than a month ago, into Iran.
A column of vehicles carrying heat insulators for the Bushehr NPP, which Russian contractor Atomstroyexport is building in the southwest of the Islamic Republic, was stopped at the border between Azerbaijan and Iran in late March.
Atomstroyexport earlier said the cargo destined for Bushehr was not a dual-purpose product or nuclear material, but insulating equipment. ""The shipment was registered in line with all accepted international practical regulations.""
However, Azerbaijani authorities said earlier they had not received information from Russia over the cargo in a timely and appropriate manner.
Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov said Wednesday he met with Iranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Naser Hamidi Zare on Tuesday and assured him that the delay was caused by technical formalities rather than political issues.
Russia's ambassador to Azerbaijan, Vasily Istratov, confirmed on Wednesday that the shipment would soon be delivered to Iran.