2019.07.17 17:00

Lithuania's Nausėda 'ready' to improve Belarus relations, despite nuclear plant 'in place'

Vaidotas Beniušis, BNS 2019.07.17 17:00

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda says he's ready to improve relations with Belarus, but vows to preserve the strict position on blocking power produced by the Astravyets nuclear plant.

"But if it's possible to improve relations with this element in place; I am ready to do that," said Nausėda.

According to the president, Belarus is building the nuclear facility close to the Lithuanian border unsafely, and is posing threat to people of Lithuania.

"I am convinced that we should not buy electricity from the unsafely-built power plant as it's a threat to our people and a threat to our security," Nausėda told journalists in Warsaw on Tuesday night.

He said he has not decided yet if dialogue with Belarus could take place at the highest-level. According to Nausėda, Lithuania is still considering who to invite from the Belarusian government for reburial of 1863-1864 uprising participans, planned in Vilnius in the fall.

"Does that have to be a visit by the top-level leader? Let us think about it, and I think we will be able answer this question soon," Nausėda said in response to a question by BNS.

According to Nausėda, ties with Belarus were high on the agenda during the meetings with Polish President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, and Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the country's ruling party.