During his speech, the dictator said that they allegedly managed to build the NPP cheaper than planned.
Russian ambassador Mikhail Babich argued in absentia with Aliaksandr Lukashenka about the conditions for the construction of a nuclear power plant near Astravets.
During his speech on April 19, the Belarusian dictator declared that they allegedly managed to build the NPP cheaper than planned, since the construction was carried out under tight control.
“This is the first time I hear this. The ambassador probably cannot count properly ... It wasn’t Russian that lowered the costs. If the ambassador said that, then he’s harming himself,” the Belarusian dictator said.
In turn, Mikhail Babich, in his comments to the RBK news agency, expressed the opinion that Lukashenka was “misled”, when he was told the final cost of the construction of the Belarusian NPP. The diplomat said that official Moscow did not name the exact amount. According to him, the calculation of the cost of the nuclear power plant should take place after the completion of the construction of both units - not earlier than the end of 2019.
“The fact is that neither I nor other government officials from the Russian side have ever called the final cost of the Belarusian NPP,” he added.
For the construction of a nuclear power plant near Astravets, Russia allocated a loan of $ 10 billion to Belarus.