Lithuanian parliament approved the law that regulates the construction of a liquefied natural gas terminal.
The law was adopted by absolute majority of the parliamentarians. They agreed that Lithuania needs an alternative gas suppliers.
The terminal will be built in 2014, near Lithuanian harbour Klaipeda.
This terminal challenges Gazprom's gas monopoly in the country. It will provide other gas suppliers access to the grid.
Lithuanian government claimed that consumers had to pay for gas around 15 percent more than Baltic neighbours Latvia and Estonia, because the plan to build terminal angered Gazprom.
Prime minister Andrius Kubilius said that Latvia is welcomed to join the cooperation on gas in the near future.
The energetic independence from Russia is one of the key priorities of Lithuanian foreign policy.
Video material that was submitted to European Broadcasting Union:
1. Similar Norwegian gas terminal
2. Soundbite (Lithuanian), Lithuanian prime minister, Andrius Kubilius, saying: I just think that the unity on strategic questions should be reached before the voting, and not only during voting as we saw now. I have a question why we discussed so long here and argued so much?
3. Lithuanian parliament during consideration
4. More of similar Norwegian gas terminal