October 16, 2012 20:29
Lukashenko: Most Belarusians support NPP construction
MINSK. Oct 16 (Interfax) - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko admitted that the decision on building a nuclear power plant in the country was not easy, but now an overwhelming majority of Belarusians approve of it.
"The decision was very hard to make, but we did make it, and now a majority of the population support this decision," Lukashenko said at a press conference for Russian regional media outlets in Minsk.
Lukashenko said that, in making his decision, he argued that a number of nuclear power plants were operating around Belarus, and many of them had been commissioned back in Soviet times.
"We already have this fear, it is around our borders. But certainly, as the primary blow struck you and as the people are infected with this phobia… I begged, and I persuaded, and I pressed, and then I made the decision, and I don't regret that I made it," Lukashenko said.
While Belarus depended on imports of energy and prices for it were growing, it "had no choice," he said.
"All polls show that the population supports this project now. These are cutting-edge technologies, like space on the ground. If the nation wants to develop, we need to strive for this level and make education and science strive for this, too," he said.
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