Lukashenko demanded compensation from Russia. ‘People will never forgive us for this’

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko demanded compensation from Russia for the delay in the launch of the Belarusian nuclear power plant due to Moscow’s fault.

The Belarusian nuclear power plant with two VVER-1200 reactors with a total capacity of 2,400 MW is located near the city of Astrowiec in the Grodno region. The main contractor for construction was the Russian company Rosatom.

The project was financed with a $10 billion loan from the Russian government. The power plant was supposed to be commissioned in 2020, but the date was postponed to 2022. As a result, the second power source was not commissioned until May 2023.

Alexander Lukashenko, announcing the completion of the construction of the power plant, noted that it was launched at a later date due to Russia’s debt, and therefore Moscow was asked to pay compensation. – They offered us the price of nuclear fuel for their stations and a five-year warranty period (for the main components – ed.) – he said.

Lukashenko against Russia: a deal is a deal

The dictator called on the members of the government responsible for the launch of the nuclear power plant to report whether this compensation satisfied them.

– Of course we should not burden the Russians unnecessarily: we had and still have enough electricity, but a deal is a deal, Lukashenko said. He added that it is necessary to find out whether “concessions” from Russia, especially Rosatom, are “sufficient” for the Belarusian authorities.

Lukashenko also noted that although “the power plant is operating at full capacity,” the Emergency Situations Ministry “continues to ask the Russians certain questions” about the plant’s safety.

– Rosatom must understand this very well: we are the Chernobyl republic. In our country, even the slightest leniency in the construction of nuclear power stations is unacceptable. People will never forgive us for this. That is why we have such strict requirements, the Belarusian leader explained.

Source: Do Rzeczy