Lithuanian government must halt Belarus nuclear plant, say former heads of state
Friday, January 22, 2016
Two former Lithuanian leaders – ex-president Valdas Adamkus and the country's first post-independence leader Vytautas Landsbergis – have urged the government "to do everything in its power to immediately halt the construction of the Astravyets nuclear power plant" in Belarus some 50 km east of Vilnius.
Lithuania is demanding that the construction of a Russian-funded nuclear power plant in Astravyets, Belarus, will meet international standards. The plant is only 50km from Lithuania‘s capital Vilnius, meaning in the case of an accident, the city would be in plant’s evacuation zone.
In a letter addressed directly to ministers in Latvia, Estonia, Poland and Finland, Lithuanian Minister of Energy Rokas Masiulis exhorted these countries to carefully consider whether or not they should purchase electricity from the nuclear power plants being constructed in Belarus and in Russia's Kaliningrad enclave.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius has denied reports published by the Russian media, claiming that Lithuania and Belarus had agreed on the construction of Astravets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) as required by the Espoo convention regarding environmental impact assessment.
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