Posts tagged as Belarusian nuclear plant

10 questions about Belarusian nuclear plant. What would happen to Lithuania in case of accident?

Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Belarusian nuclear plant in Astravyets, just 50 kilometres from Vilnius, is nearing completion. Lithuanian authorities say the plant poses a threat to the people. LRT.lt looks into 10 most pressing questions. Why does Lithuania say that Astravyets NPP is unsafe? Lithuania’s State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (VATESI) provides three main arguments as to why the Astravyets NPP is unsafe. Firstly, the location is not suitable for the project. Moreover,…

Critics fear Lithuania may ‘capitulate’ in the fight against Belarusian nuclear plant

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The Lithuanian government is on Wednesday debating a declaration on the Belarusian nuclear plant that critics say will leave Vilnius isolated and without support of its neighbours. Belarus is preparing to launch the Astravyets NPP located some 50 kilometres from Vilnius. Lithuania has long opposed the project, saying it’s built in breach of international safety standards and is also a political tool for the Kremlin to keep a foothold in…

Lithuania turns to IAEA in protest against Belarusian nuclear plant

Monday, May 11, 2020

Lithuania has turned to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) after nuclear fuel was delivered to the Astravyets nuclear power plant without an agreement on early notification of a nuclear accident between Vilnius and Minsk. “Such a situation is unacceptable and it’s an intolerable practice since we are speaking about the safety of states and people,” Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said in a letter to IAEA Director General Rafael…

Open letter against the Belarusian nuclear plant

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

A recently established movement in Lithuania against the Belarusian nuclear plant gathered for the first time on Saturday. They pledged to send a letter to the Belarusian leader and also collect signatures for an EP resolution. The anti-Astravyets movement,  established   by Lithuanian politicians and various public figures, seeks to block Belarus’ energy exports to the EU and halt the plant’s further expansion. “We have translated [our petition into] at…

Lithuania’s view of Belarusian nuclear plant ‘not changing’ – FM Linkevičius in Minsk

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Lithuniana Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius arrived in Belarus on Monday where he pressed Minsk to implement safety regulations before launching its nuclear plant in Astravyets. Since the first reactor has already been built, it is now necessary to do everything possible to “reduce the potential damage,” Linkevičius said in the Belarusian capital on Monday. “There are very specific recommendations from international organisations, and sustainability stress tests have been carried out…

Belarus to send troops to Lithuanian border

Monday, October 28, 2019

Belarus will beef up its military presence on the border with Lithuania in response to US stationing 30 tanks as part of NATO Operation Atlantic Resolve aimed at deterring Russia. “Individual tactical actions will be taken […] by missile and artillery units, air force, motorised infantry, paratroopers,” Belarusian Defence Minister Andrei Ravkov told reporters on Monday, according to the Belarusian state-owned news agency, BelTA. American armour arrived in Lithuania on October 21…