Russia Supports India's Nuclear Energy Plans
October 20, 2014 • 10:38AM

Russian Ambassador to India Alexander M. Kadakin welcomed the decision by the Indian government to increase its number of nuclear power plants and praised the strategic partnership between Russia and India.

"The Indian Government is talking about 22-24 nuclear power units, that is the road map, because India has no way out of its energy crisis," Amb. Kadakin said, reported the Niticentral publication. "It has been calculated that if India by 2030 has all the oil produced in the world, it will not be enough for sustainable development. Therefore, to solve the energy problem of India, nuclear energy is the only option, just as we did."

The ambassador also said that diplomats and important persons from Russia would be visiting India next month to strengthen the strategic ties between the two nations. One of these key trips is the upcoming visit by Nov. 5 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to New Delhi.

Kadakin called the reports of India's growing ties with U.S. "hullabaloo," noting that there is "zero technology coming from U.S. to India." He emphasized that the relationship between India and Russia is better than that between India and U.S., and called the partnership between the two, "a strategic special privileged partnership and friendship based on real facts." He said that while India is producing the world's best nuclear power project with Russia in Koodankulam, the U.S. has not given even a nail to this nuclear site.

Lauding Prime Minister Narenda Modi for his keenness to enhance strategic ties with Russia, Kadakin said, "He (Modi) is a precise person, results-oriented. He is like Putin. They met in Fortaleza on the sidelines of BRICS summit and have got good chemistry working between them."