Ukraine to monitor safety during construction of Belarus nuclear plant

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The Ukraine-based Kievenergoprojet institute has been picked as the leading expert to monitor safety during the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, Uladzimir Tsimashpolski, Deputy Chairman of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus said in a statement. The Belarus president has already signed a relevant decree, he said. Tsimashpolski also noted that Ukrainians "took the most difficult mission".

According to Tsimashpolski, while choosing a strategic partner for the construction of the nuclear station, Belarus's orientation will be towards the Russian companies. He said he was 99 percent sure that the reactor would be built by the Russians.

Japanese and French companies have also expressed interest in the Belarusian nuclear project. However, Uladzimir Tsimashpolski suggested that both Japan and France were unlikely to agree to being monitored by a Ukrainian organization, reports Interfax