In the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine and Russian leaders met in the nuclear power plant.
They visited the Chernobyl church of St. Elias. It is the only church that operates in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Cyril celebrated Easter in the temple a short prayer service. Present at the service was also attended by the Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Vladimir.
Kirill consecrated the belfry of the church, after which the president together with the heads of the Ukrainian and Russian churches struck the bell.
After that Yanukovych and Medvedev visited the memorial complex "Star Wormwood". The two leaders laid flowers at the memorial to the liquidators of the Chernobyl disaster.
The memorial is located on a platform in front of the plant, it is a set of red granite slabs on which are carved the names of the dead 28 dead and the liquidators of the accident in 1986, are buried at the Mitino cemetery in Moscow.
Viktor Yanukovych With that said
"We all bow our heads in memory of those who saved us, and saved humanity."
Yanukovych and Medvedev also laid the corner stone of a monument to the liquidators of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
During a visit to Chernobyl Russian president called for the preparation of new international conventions for the prevention of global catastrophes, in particular in the field of nuclear energy:
"I have today sent to our partners in other countries, including the CIS, the proposals to ensure the proper development of nuclear power in the world, including the prevention of global catastrophic consequences," — he said.
One of the lessons of the disaster head of Russia formulated as follows:
"The duty of the state is to tell people the truth. I must admit that the state does not always behave correctly. And so that this tragedy does not happen again, we must be sincere, give clear information about what is going on, wherever that may happen. "
Viktor Yanukovych thanked Russia for the financial contribution of EUR 45 million for work on strengthening the sarcophagus over the 4th block of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Ukrainian leader, also recalling the accident at Fukushima, said:
"Today whole world convinced that it is impossible to deal with such disasters, no country alone. "
Yanukovych welcomed the project to create the Chernobyl nuclear research center to combat nuclear and man-made disasters. The decision to establish the center was made at the donor conference in Kiev on April 19.
At this conference invited the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, However, European Commission President Jose Barroso, Also invited to it, said he would not go if it will attend the President. Barroso at the conference was, Lukashenko did not go on it.
Did not go to the Belarusian leader, and at today's meeting in Chernobyl, even though he was invited. Yesterday's press secretary Lukashenko Paul Light reported that on 26 April, the President will visit the Gomel region.