"The world revises attitude towards nuclear energy, and Russia will invest $ 9 billion in nuclear power plant in Belarus," — writes The Christian Science Monitor.
Russia has caused controversy by announcing that gives politically unstable Belarus a loan of more than $ 9 billion for the construction of nuclear power plants around Astravets (Grodno region), just 50 miles from Vilnius. The agreement is deeply alarmed Lithuania and criticized ecologist. They argue that the design of the reactor has not passed the relevant tests, studies on the environmental impact of nuclear power plant situation incomplete, and the decision was made without the participation of the public. Under the contract, the first unit will be operational in 2016, and the other, a total of up to four — by 2025.
Statement of Understanding looks surprisingly late: Japan's nuclear tragedy continues to unfold, the Russian Far East, there are fears that the wind will bring the fallout from the stricken nuclear power plant "Fukushima", to which only a few hundred miles.
Critics say that in this case, the political benefits outweigh all other considerations. Lukashenko desperately needs the support of the Kremlin in order to save its economy, and apparently hastily driving his country into a close embrace Russia.
"After the persecution of the opposition, which started in December last year, Lukashenko
can not receive assistance or loans from the EU and Russia now — the only potential source of funding. The Russian side is no longer willing to supply Belarus charitable donations, but willingly take advantage of the vulnerability of Lukashenko, "- says Yaroslav Romanchuk, vice-chairman Belarusian opposition United Civil Party.
According to Russian analysts, Russia to the process of economic reintegration in the post-Soviet space — now the priority. It provides a unified energasetki and ambitious program of building nuclear power plants. The course Russia is not dictated by nostalgia or a desire to revive the USSR, and the objective necessity: in today's world are powerful economic clusters of countries like the EU, and those who remain outside, we have to create their own clusters, said Vladimir Zharikhin, deputy director of the Institute of CIS countries.