The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Belarus has accused the Russian Ambassador, Mikhail Babich, in that it “destroys the relationship between the two countries.”
“For a long time, a number of external forces unsuccessfully tried to destroy the close and friendly relations between the two brotherly peoples. So: what failed these outside forces in the past few decades, successfully and effectively manage Mr. Babic in just a few months”, – said the press service of the Belarusian foreign Ministry.
The reason for this criticism is the statement of Mr. Babic that the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has lied to them about his conversation with Russian President Putin regarding the cost of construction of the country’s first nuclear power plant.
“The Ambassador doesn’t see any difference between Russian Federal district, where, we are told, he loved to hand out morals left and right, and independent state”, – stressed in the Ministry.
It is noted that on Friday in his annual address to the nation and Parliament Lukashenko said that the cost of building the country’s first nuclear power plant may be less than $7 billion. According to him, the question of cost, nuclear power plants, he discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“I am Vladimir Vladimirovich say, look, $10 billion was agreed, but the real price will probably be less than $7 billion Here, says you’re the gift I did, just don’t tell anyone, we’re the contracts concluded in other countries,” – said Lukashenko.
The President of Belarus added that the voice information on the cost of $7 billion, because the Deputy Anna Konopacka, asking questions about the NPP, referred to babić, who stated that the Russian Federation has reduced the price of construction.
Babich replied that Lukashenka had been misled on the issue of the sales price of the NPP.
“Unfortunately, I have to admit that President Lukashenko has once again deceived. The fact that neither I, nor any other officials from the Russian side never called the final cost of the Belarusian nuclear power plant”, – he told on air of TV channel “Russia – 24”.
Belarus is building a nuclear power plant near the town of Ostrovets in the Grodno oblast in the Russian project “VVER-1200”. NPP will consist of two power units of 1200 MW each. Commissioning of the first unit is scheduled for November 2019, the second – in 2020.