Russia flits from Tehran to Washington
Asia Times Online / Dmitry Shlapentokh

Russians often express their displeasure with a country in a peculiar way. When the problem with Georgia flared in 2008 over the separatist republic of South Ossetia, Russian authorities suddenly discovered a serious problem with Georgian cognac and mineral water. Now, as Russia-Belarus tension grows, problems have been found with milk from Belarus. The Kremlin can also express its mood in other ways beyond food and drink, as it is doing with the Bushehr nuclear plant it has been building in Iran since 1995. Russia is well aware of the importance of the plant, both for Iran, which needs the nuclear energy, and the United States, which views it as another step in the direction of Tehran's alleged nuclear weapons program. Construction of the plant - two 1,300-megawatt pressurized water reactors - started in 1975 by Germany's KWU. The completion date was planned for 1982, but in 1979 work was suspended following the Iranian revolution.

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