Lavrov: Iran sanctions won't affect Bushehr plant

In what appeared to be Russia's first public comments on the new proposed UN sanctions on Iran, circulated by France and Britain on Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the proposal was based on Russian amendments and that it wouldn't affect the Bushehr power plant. "As far as Bushehr is concerned, Bushehr has no relation to the current resolution," Lavrov said in televised comments. The project, he said, "is in full accordance with norms of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) and there can be no talk about any sort of restrictions on it." Meanwhile, The head of Russia's nuclear energy agency heard renewed calls in Teheran for the swift completion of the joint Russian-Iranian nuclear power plant project at Bushehr, southern Iran, Monday. "We consider the completion of Bushehr as symbolic for bilateral ties," Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said during a joint press conference with Rosatom chief Sergei Kiriyenko.