Norway to support energy security projects in Lithuania
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Lithuania's priority projects in the field of energy security will also be financed under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism in the future. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and Norway's outgoing Ambassador to Lithuania Leif Arne Ulland discussed this and other key areas of the bilateral partnership on monday, the MFA said.
Estonia and Lithuania have so far failed to agree on how the Baltic power grids are to be synchronized with the Western European system and a memorandum of understanding will not be signed during the EU summit on Thursday, as planned, Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said, adding that this might be done later this year.
The Baltic prime ministers say that their countries are ready for Zapad, a major military exercise to be held jointly by Russia and Belarus in September, and feel safe after NATO partners have deployed additional capabilities in the region.
Two terminals could operate on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea controlled by the three Baltic states – in Lithuania's Klaipėda and in Estonia, which could build a small terminal, Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis stated on Friday. In his words, the two terminals would supplement each other along with the Inčukalns gas storage facility in Latvia.