Belarus, Russia Emergencies Ministries to mull over joint exercises at Smolensk Nuclear Power Station

Saturday, September 6, 2008

On September 5, the Emergencies Ministries of Belarus and Russia will consider an opportunity to conduct joint exercises at the Smolensk Nuclear Power Station, BelTA learnt from Press Secretary of the Emergencies Ministry of Belarus Vitaly Novitsky.

In his words, the issue will top today’s agenda of the six session of the joint board of the Emergencies Ministries of Belarus and Russia. The exercises are set to drill the actions of the rescue units in mitigating the consequences of a radiation accident at a nuclear power station. Besides, the participants will discuss a plan of joint actions on development of rescue and firemen voluntary organizations movement, outline cooperation areas of the veteran organizations of the Belarusian and Russian Emergencies Ministries. The agenda of the session will also include collaboration between the Emergencies Ministries of Belarus and Russia in responding to the emergencies in the third countries. The session is due to adopt a provision on the Coordination Committee and the Supervisory Board of the 2006-2010 programme on the joint activity in mitigating the consequences of the Chernobyl catastrophe within the Union State.

The Belarusian delegation will be headed by Emergencies Ministry Enver Bariev, the Russian delegation – by Sergei Shoigu.

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