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DAMASCUS May 11 Russian President Dmitry
Medvedev said on Tuesday that he hoped cooperation with Syria in
the oil, gas and atomic energy sectors will be increased.
"Cooperation on atomic energy (with Syria) could get a
second wind," Medvedev said at a press conference with Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.
Medvedev gave no further details on what nuclear cooperation
had been discussed.
Russian news agencies quoted Assad as saying that he had
discussed with Medvedev the possibility of building power
plants, including nuclear ones, in Syria.
Russia says all nations have the right to peaceful nuclear
power programmes and is due this year to start up an atomic
power station a Russian state company has built in Iran.
When speaking about Iran's nuclear programme, Medvedev
called for "constructive cooperation" with the international
community on Iran's part.
The United States and some European countries believe Iran's
nuclear programme is a front for an effort to develop atomic
weapons. Iran denies it is seeking to build a nuclear weapon.
(Reporting by Denis Dyomkin, writing by Guy Faulconbridge,
editing by Steve Gutterman)