Belarus to begin building country's 1st nuclear power plant next year

October 11, 2007 13:10

Belarus' president pledged Thursday to begin construction of the country's first nuclear power plant next year, news agencies reported. Alexander Lukashenko said the plant would help guarantee the ex-Soviet republic's national security. The project "is dictated not by some political ambitions, but by the necessity to ensure the country's energy security in case of a decrease in gas and oil resources, supply problems or the increase in energy carriers' costs," Lukashenko was quoted by ITAR-Tass news agency as saying.

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