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Armenian minister says only his country capable of using nuclear power

By M. Alkhazashvili
(Translated by Diana Dundua)
Monday, December 24
On December 22, Armenian Energy Minister Armen Movsisyan said that the international community would oppose any Georgian or Azerbaijani bid to construct a nuclear power station, according to the news agency Regnum.

Armenia’s regional neighbors do not have the experience needed to build and maintain a nuclear reactor, Movsisyan said, adding that only Armenia, which has operated the Metsamor nuclear power plant since the 1970s, is capable of safely using nuclear energy.

“The international community has a loyal relationship towards the building of a new nuclear power station in Armenia,” Movsisyan concluded.

Yerevan is decommissioning the aging Metsamor station at an estimated cost of USD 345 million, Regnum reports. The Armenian government is now looking to build a new nuclear power plant, with a projected cost of USD 2 billion.