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2019.12.11 10:01

Belarus' nuclear energy ban endorsed by Lithuanian parliament

A proposal by Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda on how to block electricity imports from the Belarus' nuclear plant has been endorsed by the Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday.

Under the amendments, companies will not get permits to import electricity from Belarus, and a government commission will be able to suspend licenses if an importer is deemed a threat to national security.

In 2017, the Seimas recognised the Belarusian Astravyets nuclear plant as unsafe and posing threat to Lithuania's national security, environment and public health, and adopted a law banning electricity purchases from from unsafe power plants.

Jaroslav Neverovič, a presidential adviser, said that by desynchronising from the BRELL energy grid controlled by Moscow would help shield Lithuania from Belarusian nuclear energy.

Read more: Lithuania ups energy production to switch from Moscow-controlled grid

The Belarusian authorities say the power plant some 50 kilometres from Vilnius could start operating in the first quarter of 2020. Minsk rejects criticism over safety standards.

The proposed amendments on Tuesday were backed by 88 lawmakers and two abstained.

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