Lithuanian MPs call on govt to restrict electricity supply from Belarus

On May 5, the Seimas adopted the resolution on the threat the would-be Belarusian NPP is deemed to be to Lithuania. There were 82 votes in favour and 4 abstentions.

In particular, the country’s parliament wants the government to resort to the technical measures to restrict, well ahead of the start of operation of the Astravets NPP, the provision of electricity from Belarus to Lithuania to the minimum level necessary to ensure reliable operation of Lithuania’s power network, the press service reports.

Moreover, the Lithuanian side will continue seeking from the European Union a ‘legally binding decision on the threat’ and ‘appropriate action at the EU level regarding Belarus and Russia in this respect’.

In addition, the Lithuanian lawmakers urged the cabinet to employ all the political and diplomatic means to gain the support of the European Union, EU and NATO member states, Ukraine, other states in the region, and the entire international community towards ‘the elimination of the threat’.

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The would-be Belarusian NPP with two VVER-1200 reactors with a total capacity of 2,400 MW is being built according to the Russian project near Astravets in Hrodna region. The first power unit is scheduled for 2020, the second second one will be launched in 2021. The public keep being concerned over the unavailability of information about everything that happens at and around the site. It is expected that the NPP will send its used nuclear fuel to Russia, but it will be stored in Belarus for about 10 years before the shipment.

Lithuania is the main critic of the Astravets NPP, which is under construction 50 km from Vilnius. The Lithuanian authorities insist that the facility is being built with violations of safety requirements. Minsk, however, refutes these allegations.

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