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Lithuania hands Belarus note over NPP incident, asks Brussels for help

On Thursday Lithuania’s government handed a note regarding the most recent incident at the construction site of the Belarusian NPP to the Belarusian embassy, and turned to Brussels with a plea for the European Union to get involved in the situation, the Lithuanian media reported.

Belarus’ Charge d’Affaires Ludmila Tatarinovich was summoned to the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry.

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“The Belarusian diplomat was presented with a note, which called for conducting a thorough investigation of the incident without delay and updating Lithuania, other neighbouring countries, and the International Atomic Safety Agency, IAEA, on the results,” the Lithuanian ministry stated.

The Lithuanian government did it two days after the Belarus’ Energy Ministry‚Äôs admission that an “extreme situation” had occurred when a body of a reactor was being moved at the Ostrovets utility.

Belarusian officials have not yet given any detailed comment on the media reports about the 300 ton device falling to the ground from height of several metres. Lithuania wants Belarus to arrange an international team of experts to evaluate the results of the analysis and give suggestions.

The Foreign Ministry of Belarus told TUT.BY that the note from the Lithuanian side had been received, and the questions it contained had been submitted to the competent Belarusian structures.

Earlier some Belarusian media reported that the accident occurred at the NPP construction site on 10 July. According to them, during the installation the 330 ton reactor dropped from 2-4 metres height. On 26 July the Belarusian Energy Ministry commented on the information saying that “an off-nominal situation occurred during rigging operations at the site where a reactor vessel of the Belarusian nuclear power plant was stored.”

According to the Belarusian side, the situation is still being analyzed. Learn more.


Sources: Baltic Times, TUT.BY.

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