Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has published a post in Belarusian on Twitter dedicated to the launch of the BelNPP, which may take place this summer.
President Nausėda wrote that the Belarusians had suffered from the Charnobyl accident, so he urged the authorities not to launch the BelNPP. The Lithuanian side has been claiming for years that the nuclear power plant does not meet the requirements of the European stress tests.
Беларусы зазналi балючыя наступствы Чарнобыля, таму звяртаюся да кіраўніцтва??з заклікам не запускаць не адпавядаючую патрабаванням стрэс-тэстаў ЕС Астравецкую АЭС і не падвяргаць жыхароў??і навакольных краін небяспецы. Круоніская ГАЭС не будзе выкарыстоўвацца на патрэбу Астраўца pic.twitter.com/czdYSBisVB
— Gitanas Nausėda (@GitanasNauseda) July 13, 2020
Nausėda urged not to put the residents of Belarus and neighboring countries in danger. He also notes that the Kruonis PSP will not be used for the needs of the BelNPP.
The nuclear power plant in Astravets is being built under a Russian project and with Russian loan funds. Lithuania and Poland are opposed to this construction due to possible security risks. The physical commissioning of the BelNPP has been postponed many times, while there have been incidents at the construction site. Earlier it was reported that the first power unit could be launched in July this year. Later, the authorities said that the fuel loading would begin in August, while the station would operate at full capacity by the first quarter of 2021.