Azerbaijan, Baku, 22 April / Trend corr. S.Agayeva / Azerbaijan has appealed to Russia to disclose the contents of the train detained carrying Russian equipment in the Azerbaijani border.
On 29 March, a Russian cargo on its way to Iran was detained at the Azerbaijani Border Service.
The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry is expected to respond from Russia, Khazar Ibrahim, a spokesperson of Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, reported to Trend .
The Azerbaijani State Custom Committee explained that the reason for the detention was because the special preliminary documents required from the Azerbaijani Government to transport cargo through the country were not obtained.
Special permission is normally given by the Cabinet of Ministers once the cargo list to be transported is approved. The State Customs Committee has already informed Russia of the impossibility of any transit cargo to Iran being carried out without the Cabinet's permission.
The road-train was detained at the Astara border check-point. Russia is assisting Iran to construct the Bushehr nuclear power station within the framework of the inter-governmental agreement on cooperation in peaceful use of nuclear power. According to recent reports, the station is expected to be put into operation not earlier than the end of 2008. Initially, it was planned for the construction to be completed in October 2007. The supply of Russian fuel to Bushehr was completed at the end of January 2008.
The Russian 'Rosatom' delegation will visit Azerbaijan to discuss the issue with the Custom Committee officials.
According to officials of Rosatom, Russia is currently responding to numerous questions from the Azerbaijani custom and border officials, although the cargo has passed export control. Furthermore, this delivery was not excluded from the framework of the UN resolution on Iran.
The correspondent can be contacted at: email@example.com