ArmInfo. It is more expedient to implement nuclear projects of Armenia with Russia due to the high level of development in this sector and availability of traditional partnership relations. Such an opinion was stated by Aram Safaryan, the coordinator of Eurasian expert club and the head of Integration and Development Public organization.
According to him, yet in 2008, in his speech delivered to Armenian parliament, president Serzh Sargsyan stated two priority programs that he was intended to move forward. He said that Armenia needsa new nuclear unit and the Iran-Armenia railway. At that time Serzh Sargsyan accentuated that both of these projects have a very important meaning for Armenia people. "For recent 8 years we could observe the global economic crisis, which pulled back many countries, including Armenia, and made those projects impossible to implement at that time. But there is no doubt that the construction of new nuclear power unit is a necessity for Armenia," Aram Safaryan stated.
He added that Armenia is a small country, but, nevertheless, there was a time it was the only country of the region and of the Middle east having a nuclear power plant. The necessity of developing this kind of power generation is preconditioned also with the fact that almost all the countries in the region do implement nuclear projects or do think about the implementation of those. "Today Iran has an NPP, Turkey works hard to open several NPPs at oa time and has impressive nuclear projects for upcoming years. And inthis context it is very strange that Turkey and Azerbaijan stand for stopping Armenian NPP, referring to environmental argumentation. It is obvious that the reason is quite a political one - to cut Armenia off its natural excellency,i.e. the ability to produce large volumes of cheap power.
Safaryan called authorities not to be limited with the implementation of the project of 2nd unit lifetime extension, and to think about the construction of new energy block, to make the project attractive from the economic point of view. "I think that Chinese, Americans and Europeans could donate these projects, but within the condition that Russian side will prevail," the expert summarized.