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IAEA sees Belarus progress on nuclear plant plan via Reuters

* Russia has promised $10 bln loan for project

* IAEA says Belarus has “strong expertise”

(Reuters) – Belarus has made “important progress” in preparing for the planned construction of a nuclear power plant, the United Nations atomic agency said after its team of international experts visited the former Soviet republic last week.

Belarus and Russia agreed last year to press ahead with a stalled plan to build a nuclear reactor near the eastern frontier of the European Union, where there have been many calls to abandon atomic energy after Japan’s Fukushima disaster.

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