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Babich Argued With Lukashenka About Cost Of Belarusian NPP

MIKHAIL BABICH

During his speech, the dictator said that they had allegedly managed to build the NPP cheaper than planned.

The Russian ambassador, Mikhail Babich, argued with Aliaksandr Lukashenka in absentia about the conditions for the construction of the nuclear power plant near Astravets.

During his speech on April 19, the Belarusian dictator declared that they managed to build the NPP cheaper than planned, since the construction was carried out under tight control.

“I have never heard of it till now. The ambassador probably doesn’t count well enough... It’s not Russia that took down. If the ambassador said that, then he did himself a disservice,” – the Belarusian dictator said.

In turn, Mikhail Babich, in his comments to the RBC news agency, expressed the opinion that Lukashenka was “misled” about the final cost of construction of the Belarusian NPP. The diplomat said that official Moscow did not announce the exact amount. According to him, the calculation of the nuclear power plant’s cost 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.

Russia allocated a loan of $ 10 billion to Belarus for the construction of the nuclear power plant near Astravets.