It seems that the residents of Astravets, a small town not far from Lithuanian border, have come under effect of state propaganda: a would-be nuclear power plant turn out to be a new site of pilgrimage for newly-weds.
Last week the Belarusian side organised a controversial public hearing on constructing a nuclear power plant in Astravets: according to the regulations, it should not have been held in the territory of our country. Furthermore, a public consultation stage ought to be concluded before any construction works start, and not the reverse. The event was rather in the nature of a PR action than a public hearing, some of the witnesses stressed.
Lithuanian officials expressed their dissatisfaction over the Belarusian authorities’ sidestepping on the issue. “One may suggest that there may be no such answers, that`s why they use such concert-style means of dialogue. We don`t need a show, we need the requirements of the Espoo Convention to be observed consistently,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said.
The construction of two nuclear reactors for the plant located in Astravets is provided in the agreement reached by Belarus and Russia, the reactors being supplied by Atomstroyexport, Russia. The project faced opposition at home and abroad on both safety and political grounds.