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2014.04.23 11:06

PM: Lithuania continues talks with Latvia, Estonia on Visaginas project

BNS | DELFI | The Lithuania Tribune2014.04.23 11:06

 (BNS) Prime Minister denies that Lithuania is not in talks with Estonia and Latvia on a new nuclear power plant of Visaginas. According to Algirdas Butkevičus, the negotiations are now held at a lower official level.

 (BNS) Prime Minister denies that Lithuania is not in talks with Estonia and Latvia on a new nuclear power plant of Visaginas. According to Algirdas Butkevičus, the negotiations are now held at a lower official level.

“It’s not true that there are no discussions on this issue. The situation is slightly different… We’ve received a huge list of questions – about 70 – from Estonia and Latvia. We have prepared and sent the answers and the discussions are now held at a lower official level with those questions being considered,” he said on Tuesday in response to reproaches from MP Linas Balsys that the talks with Latvia and Estonia on the new nuclear facility had stalled.

Balsys, a member of the parliamentary Committee on Environment Protection, stated that Estonia and Latvia thought that the “issue of the nuclear power plant had been settled in Lithuania” since people voted against the facility at the referendum.

“Latvian and Estonian partners are in principle not interested in any proposals from Hitachi and the politicians representing its interests as long as there is no clear answer how do you intend to ignore the opinion stated by Lithuania’s people. Estonia’s and Latvia’s partners believe that in a democratic country the result of a referendum, irrespective of whether it’s binding or non-binding, shall be implemented. Estonia’s and Latvia’s politicians believe that the issue of the nuclear power plant in Lithuania has been settled,” Balsys said.

Butkevičius pointed out while delivering the government’s annual report at the Seimas that nuclear energy was one of the alternatives for meeting the country’s electricity needs.

“Negotiations on the project of a nuclear power plant in Visaginas open up possibilities to ensure better terms and conditions of financing, which have been presented to all parties concerned by the strategic investor, Hitachi, together with the representatives of Japan’s export credit agencies. This makes the project more competitive and acceptable. However, our partners, Latvia and Estonia, had some questions…,” he said.

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