2020.02.03 12:27

Public movement against Belarusian nuclear plant founded in Vilnius

BNS2020.02.03 12:27

Lithuanian politicians and public figures on Saturday established a public movement against the Belarusian nuclear plant in Astravyets, some 50 kilometres from Vilnius.

The Movement Against the Astravyets Nuclear Plant will seek to block access to energy produced by this facility to the EU market, halt its further expansion, and make sure Lithuania and the EU take action to ensure the safety of the nuclear facility.

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The founders of the new movement include Vytautas Landsbergis, Lithuania's first post-independence leader, MEP Petras Auštrevicius, MPs Žygimantas Pavilionis and Virgilijus Poderys, political scientist Raimundas Lopata, Mečys Laurinkus, a former head of the State Security Department, a former Foreign Minister, diplomat Petras Vaitiekunas, and others.

MP Žygimantas Pavilionis, representing the Homeland Union, previously said that the movement would make the European Union hear Lithuania's position on Astravyets.

“We want the EU to hear our position [and adopt it] as theirs, and ban the purchase of electricity from this unsafe power plant,” Pavilionis said.

Lithuania needs to pool all efforts to fight against the construction of the Astravyets nuclear facility, he said.

“The president is the only person raising this issue at the EU level, but he needs support from a whole army, and the support of the government, diplomats and political forces,” Pavilionis said.

Belarus plans to bring nuclear fuel for the first reactor in the first quarter of 2020.

Lithuania says the Belarusian nuclear facility is being constructed unsafely and in breach of international safety standards. Minsk denies all allegations.

Read more: Lithuania fears Belarus hasn't ‘learned lessons of Chernobyl’

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