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Russian Envoy to India: Kudankulam is pride of our bilateral cooperation in the strategic nuclear field

Nikolai Kudashev, Russian Ambassador to India said, “We should be concerned and we should keep in mind these dangers and be rest assured they are properly taken care of under the aegis of our bilateral joint working group on counter terrorism.”

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Nov 13, 2019, 01.57 PM IST
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Russian Envoy to India: Kudankulam is pride of our bilateral cooperation in the strategic nuclear field
In the backdrop of the reported Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant ( KNPP) malware attack, Russian Envoy to India spoke to ET Online exclusively and responded to a question of growing trend of nuclear installation being targeted by cyber attackers.

Nikolai Kudashev, Russian Ambassador to India said, “We should be concerned and we should keep in mind these dangers and be rest assured they are properly taken care of under the aegis of our bilateral joint working group on counter terrorism.”

India- Russia on 30th October held the 11th meeting of the India-Russia Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism in New Delhi. A composite Indian delegation was led by Ms. Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs and the Russian delegation was led by Mr. Oleg V. Syromolotov, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation. Both sides highlighted their efforts on some of the world's most pressing counter terrorism challenges including "misuse of internet for terrorist purposes". Diplomatic sources told ET Online, that Russia and India regularly discuss ICT comprise of industrial facilities at various other forums as well.

Pointing that the Kudankulam 1 is a very successful project, Amabassador Kudashev said, “Kudankulam 1 is a very successful project, it’s a pride of our bilateral cooperation in the strategic nuclear field.”

“As far as the incident you are talking about (malware in NPCIL system), I would rely on information incoming from the Kudankulam authorities that it would pose no immediate danger to the plant.”

Highlighting that cooperation in the nuclear energy is in the bilateral interests of the two countries, Ambassador Kudashev pointed the two sides should work on the second stage of nuclear cooperation at the earliest. He said, “It’s in our bilateral interest to continue this important area of cooperation in nuclear energy. The first part of it Kudankulam 1, 2, 3,4,5,6 is going on successfully. It’s a pride of Russia, it’s a pride of India.”

He added, “I believe we should not limit our self at the first stage and we should start with second stage at the earliest. Thus completing the search for the second site and looking for the opportunity to start practical engineering activity there.”

Stating that Russia is keen to partner with India on smart cities project, Kudashev said, “Russia is most eager to study the potential of the Indian IT Industries. Russia is most eager to be a part of smart cities or clever cities or clever India programme.” He added, “this country (India) is the source of most advanced vision and most advanced solutions for Russia. It is good to believe and understand corporation and better our cooperation which is mutually enriching.”

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