On May 12, Soviet First Deputy Prime Minister Ivan Arkhipov renewed a Soviet offer to set up an atomic power station in India.
SV INTERIOR Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Arkhipov seated in Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's office in New Delhi (4 shots)
GV EXTERIOR Government building
SV Arkhipov and Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee sign agreement (7 shots)
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Background: On May 12, Soviet First Deputy Prime Minister Ivan Arkhipov renewed a Soviet offer to set up an atomic power station in India. The offer was made during talks between Mr Arkhipov and Indian External Affairs Minister PV Narasimha Rao. Mr. Arkhipov, who is the first Soviet visitor to India since Yuri Andropov came to power, had already met Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. During her talks with Mr Arkhipov, Mrs Gandhi said there was an urgent need for general, complete disarmament, particularly in the nuclear field. India has not signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and has its own nuclear power programme. The Soviet proposal, first suggested last year during Mrs Gandhi's visit to Moscow, is for a plant with two 440 megawatt power units. Mr Arkhipov also met Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. They signed an agreement for a 140 million US dollar loan from the Soviet Union for the completion of a large steel plant in southern India. The plant, built with Soviet aid at the port city of Vishakapatnam, is due to be finished by 1986.