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    RUSSIA INSISTS ON COMMERCIAL CONDITIONS OF THE RETURN OF SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL FROM IRAN

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    MOSCOW, February 6 (RIA Novosti) - During his visit to Iran scheduled for the end of February, head of the Russian Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom) Alexander Rumayantsev will discuss a commercial deal on the return of spent nuclear fuel to Russia, announced the press service of the federal agency.

    Earlier, during the preliminary talks on the subject, the Iranian side announced that it was not interested in the return of the spent nuclear fuel to Russia and, therefore, was not prepared to pay for the return of the fuel to Russia. The global commercial market of the return of spent nuclear fuel was established long time ago, and Russia will particularly insist on commercial conditions of the return, the Rosatom press service emphasized.

    If the agreement on spent nuclear fuel is signed in February, Iran will start sending the spent fuel back to Russia not earlier than in eight years.

    On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Assefi announced that Russia and Iran had reached mutual understanding on the issue of the return of spent nuclear fuel from the Bushehr nuclear power station to Russia.

    "The Russian and the Iranian sides have reached understanding on the issue of the return of spent nuclear fuel, which will be supplied by Russia for the first power generating unit of the Bushehr nuclear power station," Mr. Assefi told journalists on Sunday.

    According to the Iranian official, "all we have to do now is to prepare and sign an official agreement between Russia and Iran on the return of spent nuclear fuel."

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