Updated at 14:48,20-09-2021

Belarus NPP is Russian project hostile to Lithuania – Grybauskaite


Belarus NPP is Russian project hostile to Lithuania – Grybauskaite
President Dalia Grybauskaite
The Belarusian nuclear power plant in Astravets is Russia’s geopolitical project which targets Lithuania, president Dalia Grybauskaite says.

“I consider the Belarusian NPP as a Russian geopolitical project which is hostile to Lithuania. It is an opportunity to blackmail and exert pressure on Lithuania, to prevent its synchronization with the West, Dalią Grybauskaite said on Thursday.

According to her, Lithuania should suspend the Belarusian NPP project by all means whatsoever and demand safety and transparency.

“There is no doubt that we should do our homework, i.e. to protect our market from electric power from such a station; speed up and improve the process of synchronizing [Lithuanian power lines with the West’s], ” the president told Delphi.

In her opinion, Lithuania should do everything so that the Belarusian NPP project would be considered economically unviable and hostile to Lithuania.

Meanwhile, in late January Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences Uladzimir Husakou said that Belarus might start construction new NPPs in its territory in the future.

Lithuania is the main critic of the idea of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, which is only 20 km from the border and 50 km from Vilnius. Minsk rejects Lithuania’s claims, arguing that nuclear power plants will have high safety standards. Vilnius asked Brussels for involvement of the European Union in the matter.