Posted: 03.11.2023 15:09:00

Lukashenko on BelNPP: it’s a great gift to Belarusian people by November 7th

The opening of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (BelNPP), which took place on the eve of the October Revolution, is a great gift to the Belarusian people – as noted by the President of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko, during his meeting with BelNPP labour team and builders, social infrastructure workers and Ostrovets residents


The Belarusian Head of State recalled that at one time, when public holidays were established, the celebration of October Revolution Day was preserved in our country, despite the fact that young people did not quite understand it, “I thought that we shouldn’t deprive people of this holiday. Meanwhile, any holiday should have some meaning. In Soviet times, people were always given gifts for great holidays. Actually, the people gave gifts to themselves. I said that we – heads and officials – together with our people will create something, build something and give gifts to the nation. I won’t say that this tradition has taken deep roots, but people are getting used to it.”

The Belarusian leader noted that traditionally, by the November holidays, they try to commission significant facilities for the country. Now he was invited to take part in the BelNPP opening, since it was the President who ‘planned, designed, and thus is responsible for it’, “Today I arrived on the eve of October Revolution Day to present a great gift to our Belarusian people. This is truly a gift!”

At the same time, Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that there were those who negatively perceived the construction of a nuclear power plant in the Ostrovets District. In total, two suitable sites have been identified in the country: the Ostrovets District and a site in the Mogilev Region. The final decision was due to the fact that it was necessary to develop this area. As a result, the BelNPP construction enabled us to ‘breathe life into this north-western area’,” continued the Head of State, adding that, “Development is currently underway. Flying up to the site, I was completely delighted and amazed. I haven’t seen anything like this anywhere, even in the West: every piece is shipshape, beautifully sown, processed... Well done! That means you know how to do it.”

The President also drew attention to the fact that – taking into account the experience of the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant – safety issues have always been given a priority. Moreover, we’ve managed to restore the Gomel Region – which mostly suffered from the disaster – and bring it back to life.