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Lithuania asked not to politicize Belarus' NPP project

Society 03.02.2017 | 15:08

MINSK, 3 February (BelTA) – The Belarusian nuclear power plant construction project should not be politicized, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the meeting with the members of the public, representatives of the Belarusian and foreign mass media on 3 February, BelTA has learned.

“I ask Lithuanians why they are fighting against us? We do not make a fuss about the Ignalina nuclear power plant being extremely dangerous. God forbid if anything happens. This is the worst nuclear power plant in the world. We understand you and do not fuss around ,” the head of state said.

The President stressed that Belarus is ready to employ Lithuanian specialists who lost their jobs due to the closure of the Ignalina plant. Many people are ready to come and are actually coming to work at the future plant. But the main thing is that Belarus is ready to sell electricity to Lithuania at normal prices. “They agree at first but then start to politicize this issue in the public domain. But in this case politics should be cast aside and forgotten. The economy will do its thing: when we have cheap electricity, then we will come to an agreement,” said the President.

The head of state noted that the Belarusian nuclear power plant will be the cheapest but at the same time reliable. “We already managed to optimize the costs worth hundreds of millions of dollars on individual nodes and aggregates,” he said. “Deputy Prime Minister Semashko is responsible for every bolt and screw,” the president assured.

Alexander Lukashenko underlined that the nuclear power plant in Belarus is being built by Russia. It is in her interests to build the plant in such a way as to showcase a new generation of the most secure nuclear power plants. Belarus is interested in the security of the nuclear power plant like no one else: security is a sensitive issue for the post-Chernobyl country. “When there was an incident during the installation of the reactor, we immediately decided to replace it,” reminded the head of state.

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