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Basic agreement with Russia on NPP construction to be signed in Q1 2011

20.01.2011 17:36

MOSCOW, 20 January (BelTA) – The basic agreement with Russia on the construction of the nuclear power plant (NPP) will be signed during in the first quarter of this year, Prime Minister of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich told reporters after the talks with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow, BelTA has learnt.

According to Mikhail Myasnikovich, in the course of the talks the parties found approaches to resolving issues related to construction costs and schedule. In addition, the parties discussed a possibility of involving Belarusian organizations in this project. “We reached a complete understanding with the Russian side on this matter,” said the prime minister.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has stressed the importance of the nuclear power plant construction for the Belarusian economy and reaffirmed Russia’s readiness to implement this project and to provide financial support. According to him, the main issue, which discussion is still in progress, is the cost of the future nuclear power plant.

Vladimir Putin also confirmed that about 40% of the project to build the nuclear power plant can be performed by the Belarusian side.
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