• English
  • العربية
  • 中文
  • Français
  • Русский
  • Español

You are here

IAEA Completes Nuclear Security Advisory Mission in Belarus

Minsk, Belarus

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts today completed a nuclear security advisory mission in Belarus, which was carried out at the request of its Government.

The scope of the two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission was to review the national security regime for nuclear material and associated facilities and activities. It included a review of physical protection measures implemented at Belarus’ first nuclear power plant at the Ostrovets site, security aspects related to the transport of nuclear material, and to computer security in nuclear facilities. The mission compared national nuclear security procedures and practices with the provisions specified in the Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) and its Amendment as well as with relevant IAEA nuclear security guidance. Belarus is party to the CPPNM but has not yet ratified its 2005 Amendment.

The team observed that Belarus has established a nuclear security regime with essential elements from the IAEA’s guidance on the fundamentals of nuclear security. The team offered recommendations and suggestions to support Belarus in further enhancing and sustaining nuclear security. Good practices were identified that can serve as examples to other IAEA Member States to help strengthen their nuclear security activities.

“By hosting an IPPAS mission, Belarus has demonstrated its strong commitment and continuous efforts to enhance its national nuclear security regime,” said Elena Buglova, Director of the IAEA’s Division of Nuclear Security, at the mission closing ceremony in Minsk today. “Belarus has also contributed to refining IPPAS methodologies in recent months, in particular by conducting a pilot self-assessment of its nuclear security regime in preparation for this mission.”

“In a dynamically changing modern world, nuclear security systems must be ready to adequately respond to new challenges and threats. For Belarus, which is implementing the first nuclear power program, the recommendations of international experts are of particular importance for strengthening state nuclear security requirements,” said the Minister for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus Vadim Sinyavsky. “In this regard, we consider the conducted IPPAS mission extremely important, we take seriously all the recommendations received and assure that all of them will be fully implemented.”

The team was led by Joseph Sandoval, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in the United States of America, and included eight other experts from Bulgaria, France, the Russian Federation, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the IAEA.

The mission is the third IPPAS mission hosted by Belarus, following two which took place in 2000 and 2009 respectively. The team met in the capital Minsk with officials from the Department of Nuclear and Radiation Safety of the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus (Gosatomnadzor), the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Belarusian Railway – within the Ministry of Transport and Communications – and the Operational and Analytical Center under the President of the Republic of Belarus. The team also visited the Ostrovets nuclear power plant.


The mission was the 92nd IPPAS mission conducted by the IAEA since the programme began in 1995.

IPPAS missions are intended to assist Member States in strengthening their national nuclear security regime. The missions provide peer advice on implementing international instruments, along with IAEA guidance on the protection of nuclear and other radioactive material and associated facilities.

During missions, a team of international experts observes a nation's system of physical protection, compares it with international good practices and makes recommendations for improvement. IPPAS missions are conducted both on a nationwide and facility-specific basis.

Stay in touch