Ukraine to disconnect its energy system from Belarus and Russia

Ukraine intends to completely separate its energy system from Russia and Belarus as early as 2023, the country’s Energy Minister Yuriy Vitrenko said at talks with his Lithuanian counterpart Dainius Kreivys.

“The synchronization process is coming to the finish line. Next year, Ukraine will be isolated from the energy systems of Belarus and Russia by switching to an isolated mode. In 2023 full synchronization with ENTSO-E will take place,” said Yuriy Vitrenko.

The Ministers also discussed the NPP in Astravets.

“This is a geopolitical project: it is a common threat to Lithuania and Ukraine, so we must show solidarity by stopping its further development,” said Dainius Kreivys.

Kreivys reminded that the Belarusian nuclear power plant had already experienced accidents and malfunctions. In his opinion, it is important not to trade dangerous electricity with Belarus.

Vitrenko and Kreivys agreed to establish a joint working group that would, among other things, exchange information about the safety status of the Belarusian nuclear power plant.