VILNIUS - Belarus and Russia's nuclear energy corporation Rosatom regularly conceal information about the real situation at the Astravyets nuclear power plant, the construction of which continues despite re-emerging equipment defects, Lithuania's State Security Department says.
"Rosatom and the Belarusian authorities have consistently concealed information about the real situation at the NPP and, as a result, they do not provide detailed information about the incidents that have occurred," the SSD said in its latest activity report released on Friday.
From the very beginning of the project, Rosatom and the Belarusian authorities have hidden information about incidents during the construction of the nuclear facility, the hasty construction progress, the lack of specialists' expertise of and the lax attitude towards nuclear safety requirements, but this has not led to any risks of radioactive contamination of the environment, the reports states.
"Incidents can have more serious consequences when a nuclear power plant is in operation. It is very likely that failure to provide timely information on the actual situation will limit possibilities to manage the situation promptly," the SSD said.
According to the report, Rosatom wants to present the Astravyets NPP as a success story and to use it as an example to introduce its technology and consolidate its influence in other foreign countries.