Russia Will Continue Helping
Iran With Its Nuclear Program

(AFP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that his country will continue helping Iran to develop its nuclear programme, despite international opposition, it has emerged.
In an interview with the BBC conducted on Friday, Putin was forthright about an issue which has caused widespread concern, especially in Washington.
"We won't let the issue of nuclear proliferation be used to stop Russian companies dealing with Iran," he said in an extract of the interview on the BBC's website.
The interview, for BBC television's Breakfast with Frost programme, was due to be shown in full later Sunday.
Russia has drawn US ire for building Iran's first nuclear reactor at Bushehr and for insisting that the oil-rich country is not seeking to develop a nuclear weapons program.
Putin himself is due to arrive in Britain on Tuesday for the first state visit to Britain by a Russian leader since Tsar Alexander II in 1874.
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