The U.S. Department of Energy provided the Belarusian border service with the equipment to secure border protection, the State Border Committee of Belarus reports.
The last delivery is part of a project aimed at combating the illegal turnover of radioactive materials on the state border of Belarus. The Narovlya border post on the border with Ukraine that has been upgraded.
Under the project, the border post is equipped with a remote monitoring system, specially equipped cars, thermal imagers, binoculars, radiation monitoring equipment, personal protective equipment and others.
First Deputy Chairman of the State Border Committee of Belarus Major-General Igor Butkevich, who took part in the handing-over ceremony, explained why the project is a priority for the agency.
“Taking into account the conditions in the vicinity of the Polesie State Radiation and Environmental Reserve, namely the lack of electricity, instability of mobile communications, complex terrain and non-standard infrastructure, the technical solution to protect this site is unique and unparalleled,” he said.
The project to protect the borders in areas that have been exposed to radiation pollution minimizes the presence of border guards in the contaminated area. Special training sessions are also held for them.
The joint project is called “Strengthening the potential in detecting, counteracting and stopping illegal turnover of radioactive materials at the state border of the Republic of Belarus.”
The State Border Committee recalled that the U.S. Department of Energy has been providing international technical assistance to Belarus since 2013.