The mission, known as Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) and scheduled for launch in summer 2019, "recently successfully passed a key decision point review and has moved on to the integration and test stage of development," NASA said.
Mikhail Mikhadyuk stressed that Belarus had been greatly affected by the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. This is why the country is first and foremost interested in the safety of the nuclear power plant during construction and during consequent operation.
Since Belarus adopted the decision to build its own NPP, the country has hosted several IAEA missions. The most recent one was a Site and External Events Design (SEED) mission carried out from 16 to 20 January 2017.
Belarus is working on a national report on stress tests, which will be presented to the public and the European Commission, to prove that the nuclear utility is built in accordance with top safety standards, Mikhail Mikhadyuk said.
Economic advisability instead of politics should be prioritized when the possible export of the Belarusian nuclear power plant's electricity is considered. “In turn, we are ready to cooperate in exporting electricity from Belarus to neighboring countries,” he added.
According to the source, Belarus stress-tested its nuclear power plant in 2016 using European methods and taking into account recommendations based on the European Commission's and the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group's (ENSREG) specifications.
Now Belarus and India are implementing three investment projects in the production of medicines. Mikhail Myasnikovich expressed the hope that their number will increase following the visit of the representatives of the Indian pharmaceutical companies to Minsk.
“Belarus is resolutely against any forms of terrorism, extremism and religious radicalism and has consistently supported the efforts of the international community in the fight against any of their manifestations,” the statement reads.