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Russia says it feels vindicated by Indian PM's latest statement on Kudankulam project

New Delhi , Sat, 25 Feb 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Feb.25 (ANI): Russia's Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin has said that his country's stand on American non- government agencies (NGOs') stalling the 1000 megawatt Kudankulam project in Tamil Nadu has been vindicated by a statement made by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during an interview with a science magazine on Thursday.


"We have been suspecting it all along, and, I was openly saying this, because it was very strange. Six months after the Fukushima tragedy, all those protesters raise their voices. They were sleeping for six months, and then, all of sudden, they raise their voices against the most secure, the best and the safest (nuclear power) station in the world," said Kadakin in an interview with ANI.


"We were perplexed, but now we stand vindicated," Kadkin added.


On Thursday, speaking to the Science journal, Prime Minister Singh said: "The atomic energy programme has got into difficulties because these NGOs, mostly, I think, based in the U.S., don't appreciate the need for our country to increase energy."


The Minister in charge of the Prime Minister's Office, V.Narayanasamy, told ANI on Friday that the union home ministry is investigating the background and funding of these NGOs, and added that the government had received reports that these organisations were being funded by outfits from the United States and some Scandinavian countries.


Dr.Singh's remarks have sparked off a political row, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) asking him to reveal the details of US NGOs' involvement in public.


Without directly naming the United States, Kadakin said some strategic friends of India who were not doing anything for its energy sector, don't like the idea of India becoming strong, and therefore, are stalling the Kudankulam project through proxies.


Kadakin further claimed that some strategic powers wanted to hamper Indo-Russian cooperation in peaceful nuclear energy, and emphasized that Russia wants India to be strong and the people of Tamil Nadu to get electricity.


Russia has expressed hope that it would like India to go ahead with its nuclear energy roadmap.


"The Prime Minister's statement and the home ministry's findings would unlock the situation at Kudankulam," Kadakin said.


It is learnt that Russia has been assured by India during the recent bilateral foreign office consultations that more nuclear sites could be allotted. By Naveen Kapoor (ANI)


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