India has reaffirmed to Russia its firm commitment to continue and expand bilateral cooperation in nuclear energy notwithstanding the stalled commissioning of the Kudankulam nuclear plant. That [protests at Kudankulam] is the unfortunate situation which is Indias internal matter that is being addressed in all seriousness, said Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma. The Russian leadership is fully assured of Indias abiding commitment to take forward our cooperation in peaceful nuclear energy. During his three-day visit to Moscow the Commerce Minister discussed the Kudankulam issue in the larger context of our partnership with Russias Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov and Industry and Trade Minister Viktor Khristenko. There is a very firm commitment on both sides to strengthen our cooperation in the civilian nuclear sector, Mr. Sharma told Moscow-based Indian media before leaving for India on Friday.