Belarus waiting for Lithuania's response over controversial Ignalina NPP decommissioning

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Belarus waiting for Lithuania's response over controversial Ignalina NPP decommissioning

On March 14, 2018 following publications in mass media on the incident with radioactive materials that took place at the end of December 2017 during the decommissioning of the Ignalina NPP, the Ambassador of Lithuania to Belarus was summoned to the Foreign Ministry of Belarus. 

The diplomatic note expressing concern of Belarus that it was not promptly notified about the incident at the site of the Ignalina NPP was handed to the Ambassador.

Principles of transparency and responsibility for ensuring nuclear safety should be equally applied to any nuclear activity, including decommissioning of the Ignalina NPP.

The MFA of Belarus called upon Lithuania to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident and inform Belarus of its results. 

Taking into account direct proximity of Ignalina NPP to its border, Belarus counts on the prompt provision by Lithuanian side of information about all incidents at nuclear facilities or involving nuclear materials that could potentially cause radiation releases.

This information was also provided to the Head of the EU Delegation to Belarus, A.Wiktorin, and forwarded to the European bodies via the Mission of Belarus in Brussels.

Source: mfa.gov.by