Dmitry Medvedev Says Nuclear Power Can Be Safe

Mar 17, 2011, 10:43

Dmitry Medvedev, President of Russia, says nuclear power can be safe if care is taken in selecting the location of a plant, its design and its operator. Medvedev made the comments after meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss Russia's building of what will be Turkey's first nuclear power plant, ITAR-Tass reported Wednesday.

"The construction of new nuclear power stations has arrested great attention, in the wake of the colossal calamity experienced by Japan," he said.

"Everybody is asking simple questions: Can nuclear power be safe?

"There is an obvious answer: It can be safe, and it is safe," Medvedev said. "For that you must correctly decide on the placement of the nuclear power plant, on the relevant project to be implemented and on the operator."

"With all of these conditions met, nuclear power is absolutely safe and very beneficial for humankind."

Medvedev said the plant to be built in Akkuyu, Turkey, would follow the safety guidelines.

Source: UPI