2021.10.27 16:00

Lithuania earmarks €100m to prep for possible accident at Belarus nuclear plant

BNS2021.10.27 16:00

On Wednesday, the Lithuanian government approved a plan to prepare for a possible accident at the Belarusian nuclear plant in Astravyets, some 50 kilometres from Vilnius.

The total financing needs for 2022–2026 are estimated at 91.58 million euros, including 72.98 million euros for the first priority needs, according to the Interior Ministry.

The state budget will provide 17.75 million euros next year, it said.

"The Astravyets nuclear power plant poses a permanent threat, and it is therefore essential to ensure the preparedness of the state, municipalities and society for a possible nuclear or radiological accident. These funds are an investment in state security," Deputy Interior Minister Vitalij Dmitrijev said in a press release.

Preparations will centre on the districts of Vilnius and Švenčionys, which are within a 30-kilometre radius of the plant, according to the ministry.

The Lithuanian government says Belarus' nuclear power plant in Astravyets fails to meet international safety and environmental standards, an allegation that Minsk denies.

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