As I noted in this post, Iranian artillery suddenly began shooting at a “red object” in the sky in the middle of the night. Apparently, the 2,000 Russians involved in the construction of the Bushehr nuclear plant were not amused:
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia, Iran’s closest major ally, criticized Tehran on Wednesday for what it said was air defense missile practice near an Iranian nuclear power plant without informing Russian specialists who work there.
The United States and other Western countries believe Iran wants to make a nuclear bomb, but Tehran has always said it wants atomic energy for power production alone.
Bushehr is Iran’s first nuclear power plant and is being constructed with Russian help. Russia has previously watered down international sanctions aimed at Iran’ nuclear ambitions, although earlier this year the two countries clashed over late payments for the Bushehr construction.
Sergei Novikov, a spokesman for Russia’s atomic agency Rosatom, said tests of what he believed were air defense rockets had been carried out on April 6 at 5 a.m. near the plant where 2,000 Russians work.