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12 Oct 2017

Belarus asks Lithuania not to make secret agents out of nuclear scientists

MINSK, 12 October (BelTA) – The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls upon Lithuania not to try to make secret agents like James Bond out of nuclear scientists. The relevant statement was made by Dmitry Mironchik, Head of the Information Office, Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on 12 October when BelTA asked him to comment on vigorous discussions in Lithuanian mass media about the intention of the Lithuanian government to withdraw from the European Union’s programs on providing technical aid to Belarus in the area of nuclear safety.

The official said: “We have not contacted the European Commission and have not asked to exclude or include some experts. They are chosen by the European Union. We presume that all of them are highly trained, valuable and qualified specialists, whom Brussels trusts. If someone wants to make secret agents like James Bond out of them, they should remember that the experts sign standards, which have been adopted by the European Union, the IAEA, and other international organizations, as well as confidentiality agreements. In other words, the Lithuanian government intends to make them violate these commitments. I believe that we should respect the rules of the international organizations, of which we are members.”

Dmitry Mironchik noted that indeed some time ago Lithuania found out that the allegedly non-transparent country of Belarus and the European Union are implementing an international technical aid project to enhance capabilities of the Belarusian agency in charge of overseeing nuclear safety and the construction of the nuclear power plant.

“Instead of feeling calmer and more confident together with Minsk and Brussels, Vilnius was surprised that such a project exists. They were even more surprised by the fact that Lithuanian nuclear energy experts are participating in it. This is why high-ranking officials started dropping statements that they will not participate in this kind of Belarus-EU cooperation. Or they stated that they would love to participate but Belarus had contacted the European Commission with the request to exclude Lithuanians from the project,” said the press secretary.

“Belarus’ cooperation with the European Union for the sake of supporting the Belarusian regulating agency is a real example of our openness. It also reaffirms the interest in implementing in Belarus a safe nuclear power plant project, which complies with the latest international standards,” stressed Dmitry Mironchik.

 

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