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2020.05.06 17:22

Latvia 'discussing' Lithuania's call to bar Belarus' nuclear energy

BNS2020.05.06 17:22

Latvia will not accept any compromises on the safety of Belarus' Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP), Latvia’s President Egils Levits has said. However, the government is still considering whether to join Lithuania’s import ban of Belarus' energy imports.

Lithuania says the Astravyets NPP, located some 50 kilometers from Vilnius, fails to meet international safety and environmental standards, an allegation that Minsk denies.

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Lithuania has already ruled out buying any electricity from the nuclear facility. Moreover, Vilnius has called on Estonia and Latvia to collectively block Belarusian electricity imports once it launches the Astravyets NPP.

“For Latvia, safety of this power plant is absolutely the first and decisive question. And there could not be a compromise in this aspect. But it is for the government to decide on this [collective boycott] declaration and there are still ongoing discussions,” Levits told BNS on Wednesday.

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Latvia’s government has discussed the issue several times in recent months but has not yet made any decision.

Meanwhile, Belarus’ energy ministry reported on Wednesday that nuclear fuel for Astravyets facility’s first reactor had already been delivered to the site.