Telling truth main lesson of Chernobyl, Fukushima: Medvedev

25th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

The main lesson of the nuclear disasters at Chernobyl in 1986 and Fukushima last month is that authorities must tell the truth about the situation, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Monday.

"I think that our modern states must see the main lesson of what happened at Chernobyl and the most recent Japanese tragedy as the necessity to tell people the truth," Medvedev told a meeting in the Kremlin.

"The world is so fragile and we are so connected that any attempts to hide the truth, to gloss over a situation, to make it more optimistic, will end with tragedy and cost the lives of people."

"This is a tough and important lesson of what happened," he said in a speech to rescue worker veterans ahead of Tuesday's 25th anniversary of the disaster.

Moscow stayed silent on the Chernobyl disaster for three days, with the official news agency TASS only reporting an accident at Chernobyl on April 28 after the Forsmark nuclear plant in Sweden reported unusually high radiation.

The operator of Fukushima, Tokyo Electrical Power Co. (TEPCO), has also come under fire over its information policy.

© 2011 AFP

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