Activists opposed to an expansion of India's atomic energy portfolio argue that Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster caused by a massive earthquake and tsunami last March showed that such plants are vulnerable to natural disasters.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says India needs nuclear power to help fuel its booming economy and that Indian installations are safe.
After months of protests against the new plant in Tamil Nadu, Singh last week accused unidentified foreign interests — mainly in the United States and Scandinavia — of stirring anti-nuclear sentiment without understanding India's electricity needs.
Russia backed Singh's comments, with Ambassador Alexander Kadakin on Saturday saying "we have been suspecting this all along."
He said foreign-backed activists suddenly raised their voices "against the most secure, the best and the safest station in the world. We were perplexed, but now we stand vindicated from the words of the prime minister."""