Ukraine can not now abandon nuclear power, but the experience of the accidents at the Chornobyl and Japanese Fukushima-1 nuclear power plants commits to a very responsible attitude to these technologies, Ukraine's Minister of Emergencies Viktor Baloha said at the 45th Annual Conference of the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum in Tokyo (JAIF), the ministry said in a statement, according to UKRINFORM.

"At this stage, Ukraine can not abandon nuclear power. At the same time, the lessons of the Chornobyl disaster and the latest experience of Fukushima commits to a very responsible attitude to such technologies," Baloha emphasized.

He said that in terms of electricity generation, Ukrainian nuclear power plants occupy the eighth place in the world. The development strategy of the fuel and energy sector of Ukraine till 2030 provides support for the share of electricity production at nuclear power plants at 50%.

At the same time the Ukrainian minister expressed gratitude to the international community, especially Japan, for scientific, technical, financial and humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of the Chornobyl disaster.

The minister stressed that thanks to international support, Ukraine together with the international community will fulfill its obligations and in 2015 complete construction of the New Safe Confinement to cover the Fourth Reactor of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant and a storage facility for spent nuclear fuel.

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