Russia has agreed to India’s request to expand the number of nuclear energy units it is supposed to construct in the country, 20 to 24 from the initial 14 to 16 units. India made the request based on its growing energy demand. The countries will start negotiating the construction of a fifth and sixth nuclear reactors at the Kudankulam nuclear plant soon.
Besides, road map on nuclear energy that could see Russia setting up 20-24 nuclear plants in India, stakes in oil fields will also be offered to Delhi, Kadakin informed. Russia has world’s highest oil reserves. The Ambassador said Russia was also expecting from the Indian side the name of the new site for another “cascade of nuclear power units”. Besides to further expand defence ties, Russia is keen to set up defence service centre in India for supply of spare-parts for defence equipment bought from Moscow.
SOURCES – International Business Times, Economic Times
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