Lithuanian experts: No way of stopping coming nuclear power plant of Belarus


Options that could stop the building of a nuclear power plant in Belarus have been exhausted, experts in neighbouring Lithuania have said to its public media.

Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reported on Monday, June 17, that the opinion of experts in the field was to switch from attempts to halt the works to build the power plant being erected close to the Belarusian-Lithuanian border to prepare for its launch later in the year.

«They built it, and there are no United Nations instruments that could stop it,» commented Romas Švedas, an energy expert at the Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science. «We need to be ready to manage the main risks,» when the plant becomes operational in six months or more, Švedas said.

Only option: Not to buy energy produced

Meanwhile, Lithuania’s Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas felt there are no more chances to move the plant away from Astravyets.

«We’re in a situation today where it’s more of a moral victory, and nothing else,» he said, referring to the law in Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, which bans the purchase of energy from Belarusian NPP.

LRT reports that power from the Astravyets NPP energy will be traded exclusively by Energokonnekt, a marketplace, which is jointly controlled by the state-owned Belenergo in Belarus and Kremlin-controlled Inter RAO JES.

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