Hergen Haye, head of new nuclear development at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), told students at Edinburgh University that active discussions were taking place in London after a memorandum of understanding had been signed with Russia.
"I can tell you that, behind closed doors and with microphones switched off, there are interesting debates happening in Whitehall," he said. “Russia wants to build a nuclear power station in the UK.”
Haye chairs a UK-Russian working group on nuclear power, and was in Russia recently for discussions. He regards the Russian VVER reactor proposed for the UK as “perfectly safe”.
But he cautioned that there would be problems convincing the public that a deal with Russia was acceptable, especially given the current crisis in the Crimea. “It’s a long road, a very long road,” he said.