Parliament to vote on declaring Belarus' N-plant a national security threat
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Parliament will vote on Thursday on whether to declare Belarus' nuclear power plant under construction in Astravyets, a mere 50 kilometers from Vilnius, as unsafe and posing a threat to national security, environment and public health due.
Belarus' nuclear power plant under construction in Astravyets
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) did not analyze the selection of the site for the Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP) close to the Lithuanian border in Belarus, which runs counter to information provided by Belarus, which said that IAEA had found the construction site suitable. Nevertheless, the agency's report does not say anything about this.
Lithuania will be able to prepare for imposing an embargo on Belarusian electricity once its parliament declares the nuclear power plant under construction in Astravyets, a mere 50 kilometers from Vilnius, a threat to national security, Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said on Wednesday.
Exceptionally few human decisions will lead to consequences measured in a dozen thousand or a hundred thousand years, which is the time to be needed for radioactive waste from the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant to decay before it reaches the level of naturally-occurring background radiation and will not pose threat to living organisms.
If Moscow forced Minsk to export its oil products via Russian railways and ports, that would be economically unviable and dangerous for Belarus, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that Vilnius and Warsaw are gradually moving to a new stage of better relations and hopes that Lithuanian politicians will solve the highly contentious issue of the spelling of Polish names in Lithuanian personal documents.
The leaked recordings of conversations between Poland's former foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski and then CEO of oil company Orlen, Jacek Krawiec, about investments in Mažeikiai oil refinery in Lithuania do not reflect the position of the current Polish government, Warsaw said on Wednesday.