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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULithuania’s representatives in the European Parliament (EP) have promised to oppose the construction of a nuclear power plant in Astravyets, Belarus, 50 km away from Vilnius, as reported by Lithuanian public media LRT.

MEPs say that neither European Union (EU) nor Vilnius has any legal mechanisms to stop Belarus from building a nuclear power plant.

«Safe Astravyets nuclear power plant is our priority,» said MEP Juozas Olekas. «It will probably depend on how well we’re able to negotiate with both the Belarusians, but also internally in the EU,» he added.

Other Lithuanian politicians have also said Europe should listen to Lithuania’s opinion about Astravyets.

«We will definitely contribute so that Europe has a clear understanding that the nuclear plant was wrong from its inception, and no cosmetic security adjustments can solve its problems,» LRT was told by ex-Defence Minister and current MEP Rasa Juknevičienė.

Baltics are set to join Europe’s electricity network by 2025, abandoning outdated Soviet-era infrastructure controlled by Moscow. On 20 June and agreement was signed in Brussels to not purchase electricity from Belarus and Russia. However, only Lithuania has adopted a law that prohibits procurement of electricity from third countries, including Russia and Belarus. Latvia and Estonia have yet to make such a step.

Ex-Energy Minister of Lithuania Arvydas Sekmokas, one of the critics of the idea, has said it is impossible to divide electrons and there is no legal basis to not purchase electricity from mediators who might get their energy from Astravyets.

Nevertheless, MEP Andrius Kubilius is convinced it is necessary to urge other countries to not buy electricity from Astravyets.

«It’s then a headache for Belarus to decide what to do with a power plant, as its profitability is then seriously doubted,» he told LRT.


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