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2019.09.30 09:42

Lithuanian opposition calls on country's leaders not to 'legitimise' Belarus' nuclear plant

BNS 2019.09.30 09:42

The opposition Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats have issued a public statement to the country's leaders, warning against "a gradual legitimisation" of Belarus' nuclear power plant under construction close to the Lithuanian border. 

In the statement published on Saturday, the Homeland Union warns that reopening dialogue between Lithuania and Belarus may threaten national security.

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"We are sounding the alarm over an emerging major threat to [Lithuania's] national security and [its] independent existence through signs of capitulation, pointing to a gradual legitimisation of the Astravyets power plant in Lithuania by its official foreign policy makers and executors," the document reads.

The conservatives demand every effort to prevent the Astravyets plant from being launched, to ensure that the Lithuanian power grid's desynchronization from the Moscow-controlled BRELL ring is not delayed and to take diplomatic steps to achieve a common position of the Baltic countries and the EU to bar marker access to Astravyets electricity.

The conservatives have also called an extraordinary meeting of the parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs over Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius' recent meeting with his Belarusian counterpart, Vladimir Makey, in New York.

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