The government doesn't view the contract for building a nuclear plant in Iran as essential for its economic interests, but it will be launched on schedule next year, Russia's nuclear chief said Tuesday.
"As for protecting our interests in Iran, that's not a priority task," Federal Nuclear Agency director Sergei Kiriyenko said. "I can't say that the Bushehr plant project is extremely lucrative for us. It's an interesting project, we have put a lot of work in that, but I can't say it's super-profitable."
While Kiriyenko refrained from commenting on the dispute with Iran over its nuclear program, which the United States and other nations believe is aimed at developing weapons, his statement on Bushehr could indicate that Moscow was edging closer to supporting sanctions.