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2019.08.13 17:00

FM Linkevičius briefs US congressman on Lithuania's concerns about Belarus nuclear plant

BNS2019.08.13 17:00

Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has underlined Lithuania's concerns over the security at the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant during Tuesday's meeting with US Congressman Mike Quigley who visited Vilnius before heading to Belarus.

Linkevičius and Quigley discussed “important issues of the bilateral relationship between Lithuania and the US, security in the region, and energy policy,” the Foreign Ministry said in a press release.

“The US Congressman got acquainted with Lithuania's comprehensive position on serious safety violations and threats posed by the Astravyets nuclear power plant,” it said.

“Linkevičius and US Congressman Quigley also exchanged their views on the situation in Ukraine, relations with Russia.”

Quigley, a Democratic Representative from Illinois, is a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House of Representatives Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition.

Following the visit to Vilnius, the US Congressman's delegation will go to Belarus.

Lithuania seeks an increased US military presence in the region and has imported liquefied natural gas from America. The governments of both countries criticize the Nord Stream pipeline which supplies Germany with Russian gas, bypassing Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic states.

Lithuania has also vocally criticized Belarus' nuclear power plant project, saying the facility, which is to be put online by the end of this year, is too close to its capital city and poses serious threats.

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