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2016.05.10 10:14

Campaign in blocking the Astravyets NPP electricity

Algirdas Acus2016.05.10 10:14

Lithuanian Conservatives on Monday called for collecting signatures on import ban on electricity from the Belarus nuclear power plant, currently under construction.

Lithuanian Conservatives on Monday called for collecting signatures on import ban on electricity from the Belarus nuclear power plant, currently under construction.

Conservatives expect to collect 50 thousand of necessary signatures in two months. Under Lithuanian law, the initiative would then be debated in the Parliament.

‘The draft law prohibits to import electricity from Belarus and to use Lithuanian power systems to transport this electricity towards the West’, said leader of the Conservatives Gabrielius Landsbergis.

Oppositional conservatives maintain that the Belarusian power plant is being built in order to export electricity abroad, and their initiative could put a stop to that plan.

Lithuania is a fierce critic of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, being built just 50 kilometres from its capital of Vilnius.

On Thursday, Lithuania summoned Belarus' ambassador and handed him a diplomatic note over a reported incident at the construction site of the Astravyets nuclear power plant. Belarusian media wrote about concrete pillars that have collapsed during the construction.

Lithuanian Minister of Energy Rokas Masiulis said on Thursday that Lithuania could block the stream of electricity from Belarus, if it builds the plant not abiding the established standards.

‘That nuclear power plant is being built with violations of all safety requirements’, said Gabrielius Landsbergis who led a protest near the Belarus embassy on Monday.

His grandfather, first Head of State de facto after the Lithuania’s independence restoration Vytautas Landsbergis called the Belarusian nuclear plant a cynical and an inhumane project.

SHOTSLIT

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

GABRIELIUS LANDSBERGIS, Leader of Lithuanian Conservatives:

That nuclear power plant is being built with violation of all safety conventions, all documents from UN, OSCE and so on. This unsafe atomic monster is being built just 24 kilometres from the Lithuanian border and 50 kilometres from the capital Vilnius. At least we have to ask all Lithuanian people whether they want to live near this atomic monster.

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

VYTAUTAS LANDSBERGIS, first Head of State of the restored independent Lithuania:

It is a cynical project, an inhumane project aimed against the neighbour, and I refuse to even assess it.

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

GABRIELIUS LANDSBERGIS, Leader of Lithuanian Conservatives:

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