Japan crisis reaching worst case scenario: Russia

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 11:13 AM
Japan crisis reaching worst case scenario: Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Japan's nuclear crisis is developing according to the worst case scenario, the head of Russia's state nuclear corporation said on Wednesday.

"Unfortunately, the situation is developing under the worst scenario," Sergei Kiriyenko, who presides over the bulk of the former Soviet Union's military and civilian nuclear facilities, told Reuters.

Kiriyenko said Russia still did not have full information from Japan on the situation so Russian experts were having to model the developments at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant.

He said the overheating at other reactors at the plant showed the crisis was now escalating according to the worst outcome modeled by the experts.

Kiriyenko, who often accompanies Russian leaders Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin on trips abroad to seal nuclear deals, said the crisis was likely to have a negative impact on Russia's booming overseas nuclear power construction business.

"Of course it will have an effect," Kiriyenko said when asked if it would hurt Russian sales of nuclear power stations.

(Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk, writing by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by Steve Gutterman)