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Belarusian authorities hope to ease tension around NPP construction

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February 27, 2017 12:56

On February 24th, 2017, in response to Angela Merkel statement and earlier statement by Lithuanian Seimas Speaker Viktoras Prantsketis, Belarusian Energy Minister Vladimir Potupchik promised that Belarus would present the results of stress tests at the Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant to the European Commission. That said, Belarus’s proposal to provide the results of the stress-tests processed by the State Nuclear Supervisory Authority is not exactly a symmetrical response to Merkel’s proposal to allow international inspectors at the NPP construction site. By providing the stress-test report to the EC, the Belarusian authorities aim to ease tension around the nuclear power plant, but this step is unlikely to be enough to claim transparency of the construction.

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