Rosatom becomes tool of geopolitical pressure - Minister of Energy in US
Friday, September 30, 2016
Rosatom, Russia's state corporation that is building nuclear power plants in Europe, Asia and Middle East, is turning into an instrument of geopolitical pressure, Lithuanian Energy Minister Rokas Masiulis said during his visit to the United States.
Belarusian and Lithuanian experts are starting a two-day meeting in Minsk on Tuesday to discuss issues concerning the Astravyets nuclear power plant, which is under construction close to their common border.
The Belarusian call to provide official information about the course of decommissioning of the Lithuanian Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) has to do with the questions raised by Lithuania in connection to the Astravyets nuclear utility under construction in Belarus, says an official of the Lithuanian Environment Ministry.
Lithuania should restrict access for electricity from the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus, Virgilijus Poderys, who has been named by the Peasant and Green Union, the winner of the parliamentary elections, as their candidate for energy ministry, said on Monday.
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.