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Putin offers Sweden 'world best' nuclear tech

AFP/The Local · 28 Apr 2011, 07:36

Published: 28 Apr 2011 07:36 GMT+02:00

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"At home in Russia, after the Chernobyl tragedy, we gathered enormous experience. Our technology, Russian technology, is the best in the world when it comes to the safety of nuclear plants," he told a news conference in Stockholm with his Swedish counterpart Fredrik Reinfeldt.

"I am not the only one to think this. The IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) thinks the same. At each inspection we receive only minor remarks, and almost none in the field of safety," he said.

During a morning meeting, Putin and Reinfeldt discussed "the necessity to extend (Russian-Swedish) cooperation in increasing safety in nuclear plants," Putin explained.

His comments came a day after Russia and Ukraine marked the 25th anniversary of the world's largest nuclear disaster, sparked by an April 26, 1986 accident at the Chernobyl plant, located in the then-Soviet Ukraine.

The anniversary took place as atomic safety is being questioned following the earthquake and tsunami-sparked nuclear disaster in Japan.

Vladimir Putin furthermore blasted what he perceives as the gulf between words and practice in modern international relations, using an anecdote from his KGB past to denounce civilian deaths in Libya.

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"Sometimes I look at the way that today they often take the decision to use

force in international relations. I am stupefied," he said.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

08:45 April 28, 2011 by swedejane
Hopefully Sweden has the common sense to not spend good money on, at best, russian junk. At worst, it will be rigged to fail at such a time that is convenient to russia.
09:20 April 28, 2011 by engagebrain
'Russian technology, is the best in the world when it comes to the safety of nuclear plants'

So the widespread radioactive pollution and rusting nuclear submarines don't exist ?
09:37 April 28, 2011 by HYBRED
Putin's statements remind me of something Moammar Gadhafi, or a living Sadam Hussein would say.
11:22 April 28, 2011 by RobinHood
Putin is also selling tickets for a voyage on the Titanic, a visit to a BP oil rig, and cheap holidays to sunny Chernobyl. You also get a free Saab and a Betamax video recorder if you buy a nuclear power station before Friday.
11:31 April 28, 2011 by jack sprat
Ha Ha,.. Big joke.

I'd sooner trust my balls to a Barracuda.
12:20 April 28, 2011 by comentatir
You are all right!

Russian technology sucks, Mexican are lazy, French are filthy and Columbians are drug dealers!
12:59 April 28, 2011 by Swedesmith
No need getting your underwear in a bunch, comentatir. Given the history of Russia's nuclear program, the above critisisms are valid. Next Putin will be bragging on Russia's record on human rights.
13:03 April 28, 2011 by Marc the Texan
I love the idea of hearing a sales pitch in a vodka infused heavy Russian accent. "Russian power plant 100% guarantee no problem ever. If you have problem we fix free. We make special deal for you."
14:28 April 28, 2011 by foordranata
I think Sweden should seriously concider this entry.

Making nuclear safer should be on any self respecting politician´s list.

And Russia did go though quite an episode with their whole society, particularily on the case of what not to do, ever.

The safety of Russian nuclear is up for debate, but this should not be in the way of meaningful negotiations.
17:00 April 28, 2011 by RobinHood
"The safety of Russian nuclear is up for debate, but this should not be in the way of meaningful negotiations."

Why not?
17:08 April 28, 2011 by Zhorka
When Russians make their mind about something they can do anything and they do it right. Harnessing nuclear energy is an area where they excelled.
19:28 April 28, 2011 by jamesblish
Not only did Russia cause the worst nuclear meltdown in history, they also denied it until we picked up the readings and called to see what happened. Oh, right, sorry. We had a meltdown and we didn't say anything. Our bad. Your cancer.
21:39 April 28, 2011 by Swedesmith
Think they had a few bad nuclear submarine accidents.
03:53 April 29, 2011 by volvoman9
To paraphrase... We had almost no remarks in the inspections and almost none of these was safety related... and if they gave a bad review we shot them.

My wife and I took in a Russian student out of pity for him and hoping for a rich cultural experience. He was the most brainwashed individual I have ever met in matters concerning Russia and other countries. To listen to him defend his mother country was akin to listening to old comedies from the cold was era. These people are clueless. Anyone born before 1980 longs for the Russia of old and the rest are a bunch of crooks. Our guest moved out today after mooching

off us for over a year. He never even said thank you. I have never met a more socially stunted individual in my life.
07:23 April 29, 2011 by Zhorka
@volvoman9: One can only imagine what kind of a jerk you are, volvoman.
10:38 April 29, 2011 by comentatir
@volvoman9: You waste the oxygen you breathe!
16:45 April 29, 2011 by pietari_spb
Is it because student banged your wife?
00:04 April 30, 2011 by foordranata

Read #11 till 17.

What the hell does i look like?
05:38 April 30, 2011 by volvoman9
To the three posters following my comments... You make my point so perfectly. I must assume you are all of Russian heritage.
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