Azerbaijan sees political motives in Metsamor nuclear power plant
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 6 / Trend I.Isabalayeva /
Political motives play a great role in the continuation of the Metsamor nuclear power plant's activity (NPP) in Armenia, Azerbaijani Ecology and Mineral Resources Minister Huseyngulu Bagirov told media.
"I think that the moments of power engineering are very insignificant," Bagirov said. "But there are great political motives. We do not know what Armenia wants to gain from these political motives and whether it will gain at all"
Armenia blackmails the world through the plant's activity, Bagirov said.
"The attitude of the countries towards nuclear power rapidly changes in the world," Bagirov said. "The developed Japan was defenseless against the threat. Germany thinks about taking more serious security actions."
The Metsamor NPP was built in 1970.
After the devastating Spitak earthquake the activity of this plant had been suspended, but in 1995, despite international protests, the work of the station was reactivated, and in addition, the second reactor was launched.
Despite the fact that the EU has demanded the immediate closure of the station until 2011 and declared its readiness to assign 100 million euro to Armenia to cover its energy needs, the country has not agreed.