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Lukashenko declares Belarus a "nuclear power" at power plant opening

Source : 112 Ukraine

Country enters the list of states that use nuclear power for peaceful purposes
15:00, 7 November 2020

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko
AP

Alexander Lukashenko has officially opened the first and only nuclear power plant in Belarus, boasting the Eastern European country "will become a nuclear power", BelTA reports.

"This is a historical moment. The country will become a nuclear power," Lukashenko said in comments broadcast on state television.

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"The Astravets nuclear power station is a new step into the future, towards ensuring the energy security of the state."

The Belarusian nuclear power plant with two VVER-1200 reactors with a total installed electrical capacity of 2,400 was built by Russian state-owned firm Rosatom and financed by Moscow with a $10 billion loan.

Related: The Kremlin gently nudging Lukashenka toward constitutional reform

As we reported earlier, Canada and the European Union has officially imposed sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko and dozens of Belarusian officials for violent repression, including arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of peaceful protesters.

Alexander Lukashenko is said to be responsible for the violent repression by the State apparatus carried out before and after the 2020 presidential election, in particular with the dismissal of key opposition candidates, arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of peaceful demonstrators as well as intimidation and violence against journalists.

Related: Lukashenko must leave, all prisoners be released, - Tsikhanouskaya's ultimatum

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