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Putin offers Latvia to involve in nuclear power plant project in Kaliningrad

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One of Latvia’s politically and economically most important objectives – to achieve energy independency from Russia – is seriously threatened.

For five years already, politicians in the Baltics and Poland are unable to advance construction of new nuclear power station in Lithuania, in Visaginas. The project failure will be a regrettable proof that the much discussed Baltic region cooperation is just a bluff. Russia will benefit from this, as further on there will be a need to buy not only gas, but also electricity at a much larger extent than before. The fact we are very close to this scenario was unofficially confirmed to the broadcast Nekā Personīga by a high-level Latvian public official, who also participated in the President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers’ recent official visit to Russia.

While politicians in the Baltic States and Poland cannot manage to agree on the nuclear power plant construction in Lithuania five years already, Russia has started to carry out its project in Kaliningrad. Both intended areas for plant construction – Visagina in Lithuania and Kaliningrad in Russia – are only few hundreds of kilometres away from each other, and if Russia hurries up, it is clear the Baltic’s project will be pointless, because it will become economically unviable  for such a small region.

Valdis Zatlers’ visit in the Kremlin confirmed that Russia continues to promote its plan at the highest level and during the visit it actually made the President of Latvia an improper offer, which is diametrically opposite to the aim that Latvia has been trying to implement together with the Estonians, Lithuanians and the Polish. During the discussion with Zatlers the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin claimed that it is less likely that Visaginas project in Lithuania will be realized and invited Latvia to take part in the Russian nuclear power plant construction as a consumer and an investor with 8-12% shares. The Latvian side diplomatically refused this offer, saying that Latvia continues to support Visaginas project.

In early February Zatlers is to pay a visit to Lithuania to meet with the President Dalia Grybauskaite. Both high-level officials will discuss the power plant construction progress.


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  1. T_d says:

    Interesting strategy from the neighbour country’s side…

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