President Poroshenko: No one will ever split Belarus and Ukraine


President Poroshenko: No one will ever split Belarus and Ukraine

Belarus and Ukraine need to strengthen cooperation on the Chernobyl problem, said President Alexander Lukashenko. On the anniversary of the Chernobyl accident - April 26 - the Belarusian head of state, together with his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, visited the affected regions.

The presidents paid tribute to the memory of the dead liquidators. They laid flowers to the "Wall of Remembrance" of the memorial complex "Heroes of Chernobyl" and got acquainted with the construction of a new safe sarcophagus for the 4th power unit of the ChNPP.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
Both Belarusians and Ukrainians understand that the Chernobyl disaster knows no bounds. Our states try to overcome this misfortune together. A number of joint activities in the field of radio-ecological monitoring and radiation monitoring, agriculture and forestry, coordination of scientific and information work were implemented.

We successfully cooperate in the framework of Chernobyl projects of international organizations.

However, the potential for cooperation between Belarus and Ukraine is far from being fully utilized. I am sure that our scientists, physicians, environmentalists - all who work in Belarus and Ukraine to eliminate the consequences of the accident, preserve human health in the affected areas - can and must do much more.

Alexander Lukashenko annually visits the Chernobyl zone.

During the explosion, only one third of the nuclear fuel fell into the atmosphere. The bulk of the deadly atom remained inside. In a hurry - and then it was the only option - a reinforced concrete sarcophagus was built. Now after the construction of a really safe metal shelter the question is closed. But there is a question what to do with the contaminated territory. Belarus found the answer creating a biosphere reserve. Ukrainians would like to create a similar one.

Alexander Lukashenko:
You can count on our experience in the creation of Polessky Reserve, which is located next to this tragic place.

Work to overcome the consequences of the disaster gave a serious impetus to the introduction of innovative methods in the agro-industrial complex and forestry in Belarus. That is, we return life to these territories based on scientific data, the experience of our scientists, Ukrainian scientists, scientists of the whole world.

Belarus' experience in the fight against radionuclides is of interest to the world's luminaries.

Alexander Lukashenko:
In 2016, through joint efforts, we were able to achieve the continuation of international Chernobyl cooperation under the auspices of the United Nations. The interest of the world community in our bitter and, at the same time, unique experience in overcoming the medical, environmental, social, economic consequences of the catastrophe is very high. But we cannot hide the fact that some still try to send Chernobyl into oblivion. The international community - allegedly - did everything to ensure that there is order on these lands. Even in our countries, after a while, some people began to forget about the danger, the danger about which the President of Ukraine so vividly said.

And we did a lot of work to prove to the world together in the United Nations that there is still danger here. We must always fight against it until we overcome it.

There is no disagreement between Belarus and Ukraine, the Presidents constantly exchange official telephone calls.

Yevgeny Pustovoi, CTV:
This bell tolls to commemorate those killed in the disaster. These are Belarusians and Ukrainians, firemen and rescuers, who sacrificed themselves to overshadow Europe or maybe even the world from radiation ash. Now the 4th power unit was covered with a special metal sarcophagus.

It is primarily Alexander Lukashenko and Petro Poroshenko who ring all bells to remind the world about the Chernobyl tragedy and about the radiation load that fell on the shoulders of Belarus and Ukraine.

Belarus has already invested $25 billion in liquidating the consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster.

Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine:
I have personal friendship with Alexander Lukashenko. There have never been conflicts between our countries. It is very important for us that the Belarusian and Ukrainian borders always be the border of friendship, good-neighborliness, reliable partnership, the border of peace.

No one will ever make Ukraine and Belarus quarrel.

The heads of state shook hands against the backdrop of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Alexander Lukashenko then went to Belarus together with Petro Poroshenko to hold political and economic talks.