Belarus to train to handle radiation accidents at Astravyets NPP


Belarus to train to handle radiation accidents at Astravyets NPP

Joint efforts of the CSTO countries in the liquidation of emergency situations have made it possible to achieve high results.

Plans for further development of cooperation were discussed October 17 at the Coordination Council in Minsk. In addition to annual exercises, such mutual assistance mechanisms are actively developing, such as training of personnel, preferential supplies of special equipment and facilities, and interaction with international organizations. 

Vladimir Vashchenko, Minister for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus:
It is very important today to exchange efforts on a wide range of issues in search and rescue, humanitarian assistance, the exchange of technology, the training of highly qualified rescue specialists and many, many other issues.

Valery Semerikov, Deputy General Secretary of CSTO:
The Coordination Council mainly focused on the development of appropriate mechanisms for rapid response to crisis situations. Since the mechanism was developed and found its embodiment in the provision approved by the heads of state, we thus made this activity part of the legislation system. But the issue is that we have problems with the actual implementation. Today at the Coordination Council we will talk exactly about these mechanisms, responding to emergencies, so that assistance can come in time from all states.

Representatives of the CSTO will take part as observers for the command post exercises to eliminate a simulated radiation threat. On October 19 the exercises will be held in the Ostrovets district and at the Belarusian nuclear power plant. Such scenarios, in accordance with international recommendations, are worked out by the countries where large nuclear power facilities are about to be put into operation.