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