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Alexander Lukashenko meets Petro Poroshenko: nuclear, regional and economic security discussed

As many as two unpleasant events were marked this week-the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster and the day of remembering the dead. However, there is always the other side of the medal. Traditionally, on the All Souls Day it is necessary to be happy about the primogenitors entering another, and hopefully, a never-ending life. This is where the celebration of Radonitsa gets its name.

As for the Chernobyl disaster anniversary, there were attempts to burry (it turned out to be wrong) the affected territories. Nevertheless, time has shown that Belarus and its people are overcoming the consequences of the disaster. Both organizationally and in people’s perception.

Alexander Lukashenko visits the area affected by the disaster every year on April 26. This time he visited the region together with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko. They participated in events held on the territories of both Belarus and Ukraine. The meeting of the two Presidents has political and economic implications.

A stork in Belarusian will be “busel”, in Ukrainian it will be “lelekha”. However, the sense of the word is the same. A stork on a roof symbolizes peace. These roofs were once covered with radiation rain. According to some sceptics, the atomic rain could have washed Belarus and Ukraine from the geopolitical map. Chernobyl is not only a tragedy for Belarus and Ukraine but it is also a symbol of victory.

The interest of the press towards Chernobyl has stayed unchanged since 1986. They say that now it is safer to be in that area. A metal arch was built over the reinforced-concrete shelter.

The new confinement is an international project. However, no arch will help to solve all the problems. And this is not within the rules of President Lukashenko. Being a deputy, Alexander Lukashenko was the first one among Belarusian politicians to visit the Chernobyl area. When he was elected President of Belarus, he went to all the affected by the disaster regions.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
We are preoccupied by one thing: how to restore life in these areas, so that people could live in safety, as people live in this wonderful place. The first time I visited this area; there were no roads but sandy land here. However, the worst thing was that people asked me for bread there. Of course, the life today is different.

After President Lukashenko’s visit to Polesie (southern area of Belarus), the life in this region improved.

Local resident:
In 2015, he was here in the church. He shook my hand. And he even said he would return here for sure.

In 2017 the plane of Alexander Lukashenko landed where people with a will of iron were fighting the Chernobyl apocalypses 30 years ago.

Gennady Novikov, chairman of veteran Emergencies Ministry organization, Chernobyl disaster liquidator:
The people from the town part got the most. Practically all of them died. The color of their skin was ginger.

This is what the infamous reactor looks like. Belarus received two thirds of the radioactive waste. Ukraine is obliged to control the two thirds of the fuel in the diminished energy block.

Every 26th of April you can hear the bells ringing. And both presidents are forced to set all the bells a-ringing on the international arena.

Alexander Lukashenko:
A lot of effort was put towards convincing the UN and the international arena that danger here exists. We need to combat it constantly, until we bear it. Belarus and Ukraine spend huge amounts of money on overcoming the largest technogenic disaster. These expenditures for Belarus are more than 25 billion dollars, and that is not the final sum.

From providing nuclear safety to the guarantees of regional safety.

Alexander Lukashenko:
We are relatives. Belarus can come to Ukraine on a tractor, help you, to till the soil, if it is necessary, and what is being done on the border.

Alexander Lukashenko’s words about Belarusians, about people and tractors are widely spread in Ukrainian mass media.

Belarusian tractors are widespread in Ukraine, just as the state symbols are. By the way, the French company, which is maintaining service at Chernobyl Power Plant, chose Belarusian buses for their work.

Belarusian technologies help to clear the soil from radionuclides. Ukraine is ready to take over the experience of Belarusian radiation reserve. And Belarusian machinery will clean towns.

Valery Fartushniy, chief structural engineer of an industrial organization (Ukraine):
The price and the quality are good. I suppose that we will manage to cooperate without presidents as well. The main thing is that we are satisfied with the machine.

Ukrainians are not against supporting Belarusian machinery. As for the petrol station business, the competition level is very high, and there are long queues at Belarusian petrol stations.

Vitaly Kalugin, director general of an oil company:
Belarusian oil products are of high quality. And we are not speaking about marketing mems. People have a possibility to see it for themselves. All in all, Belarusian Marketing Companies sold more than 4.1 million of oil products to Ukraine last year. It is 71% more if comparing with the same period of the previous year.

After having phone talks in a period of two months in 2017, the commodity circulation between Belarus and Ukraine increased by 40%. Belarus is the second important trade partner for Ukraine.

Alexander Lukashenko:
Ukraine is not alien to me. My relative roots are buried here, somewhere between Kiev and Chernigov, that is why we will do everything possible to have peaceful and friendly relations.

The love towards Belarusian things is so big, that some of the local companies pass off Ukrainian products as Belarusian ones.

On the anniversary of Chernobyl disaster Alexander Lukashenko and Petro Poroshenko visited a Belarusian church.

For Petro Poroshenko it carried a deep sense. Easter means the revival of these lands and Belarus-Ukraine relations. Official Minsk helped Kiev to raise a peace-making cross.

Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine:
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God. Not many people can confirm, but whenever I pick the phone up, call you and I can say, “Mr. Lukashenko, why don’t we hold a meeting which will promote peaceful processes, the realization or my peaceful plan, and hold the meeting in Minsk?” You said that you are ready to undertake all the necessary efforts. The fact that they are called “Minsk Agreements”, I suppose, it means a lot. That is why I would like to personally thank you for the help rendered to Ukraine.

Without any diplomatic slyness Alexander Lukashenko is telling Petro Poroshenko about his presidential christening in Polesie. These lands are a mixture of Belarusian and Ukrainian people in a way.

Alexander Lukashenko:
I was 38 year-old unexperienced President then, I came to the region and they gave me a scythe. We cut all the grass, then we sat down near a huge oak tree (it is still growing) arranged a picnic on a meadow, had a drink and then I heard them whisper, “He is ours”.

The negotiations of the two presidents were short and constructive.

Alexander Lukashenko:
We decided to look at production cooperation once again, to activate the work on the establishment of new joint companies in different sectors of the economy. There are no forbidden subjects for Belarus and Ukraine.

Petro Poroshenko:
We have continued this cooperation considering the liberalization of supply financing, and from the point of view of joint manufacture localization.

Further prosperity of interstate relations is expected this summer. During another meeting of the two presidents.

Alexander Lukashenko meets Petro Poroshenko: nuclear, regional and economic security discussed