Updated at 13:33,29-11-2021

Minsk and Moscow sign nuclear safety agreement


Belarusian Energy Minister Alyaksandr Azyarets and Sergei Kiriyenko, head of Russia's Nuclear Energy State Corporation (Rosatom), signed an interstate agreement for cooperation in the sphere of nuclear and radiation safety.

Rosatom's subsidiary is building Belarus' first-ever nuclear power plant in the Hrodna region.

The agreement provides for cooperation in, among other spheres, improving the infrastructure for nuclear safety, developing and improving a legal and regulatory framework for nuclear safety with consideration for the International Atomic Energy Agency's standards, as well as developing a system of crisis centers, and personnel training.

The agreement is expected to help Belarus maintain a high level of nuclear safety while operating the power plant.

Belarus plans to use Russia's experience of creating a system to respond to and handle emergencies at its nuclear power plants.

Speaking to reporters at the construction site for the plant on February 1, Mr. Kiriyenko said that the facility would be the "safest" in the world.

Referring to Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster, the official stressed that the plant would withstand a Fukushima-like earthquake or tsunami.