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2021.02.25 12:00

After Ukraine resumes electricity import from Belarus, Lithuania calls for solidarity

BNS2021.02.25 12:00

After Ukraine resumed electricity imports from Russia and Belarus, Lithuanian Energy Minister Dainius Kreivys has called for solidarity with Vilnius.

"The Astravyets nuclear power plant [in Belarus] is a geopolitical project and our common threat, so I am calling on our Ukrainian colleagues to show solidarity in stopping its further development," Kreivys said at a joint meeting of the foreign affairs committees of the Lithuanian and Ukrainian parliaments.

Barring market access to unsafe electricity from Belarus is key to stopping the construction of the Astravyets nuclear power plant's second unit, Kreivys was quoted in a press release by the foreign affairs committee at the Lithuanian parliament.

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The Astravyets plant has already experienced technical issues and interruptions that raise a serious concern and show that the facility is unsafe, according to the minister.

Ukraine resumed the electricity imports on January 1, 2021. The country currently imports 5 percent of its electricity, mostly from Belarus.

Astravyets nuclear power plant is located some 50 kilometres from Vilnius. Lithuanian officials say the facility is unsafe and was built in breach of international safety standards. Minsk denies all allegations.