MINSK, 27 July (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko met with President of the Kurchatov Institute Mikhail Kovalchuk on 27 July, BelTA informs.
“This meeting, as they often say, can become a historic one as it will give an additional impetus to the development of nuclear technologies in Belarus,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The head of state remarked that Russian scientists are world leaders in the fields ranging from peaceful atom to cutting-edge research projects. Russians are the main partners of Belarusian scientists in many areas of research. There are good prospects for cooperation in the nuclear energy.
“Some time ago I visited our nuclear center in Sosny. I have been and still am closely monitoring its progress. Frankly speaking, I always think that this center needs to step up efforts,” the president said. In his opinion, the research center in Sosny and important institution and has a scientific potential.
In February, the Kurchatov Institute and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus signed a cooperation agreement. A corresponding draft roadmap of cooperation till 2030 has been prepared. “I want you to know that I will support all proposals. I know that the Union State program includes as many as 44 events,” the head of state added. Aleksandr Lukashenko also praised a special role of State Secretary of the Union State Dmitry Mezentsev in the development of cooperation in these fields.
The Kurchatov Institute provided assistance to Belarusian colleagues in the construction of the nuclear power plant. “We have learned a lot from you. We are ready to build these stations. We can take part in future construction projects [of Russian specialists].”
“There are many topics on the agenda,” the president concluded. “I want this meeting to be a historic one. I hope that it will give an impetus to the development of the nuclear energy industry in Belarus.”