Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says the Baltic countries are moving closer to a joint decision not to buy electricity from Belarus' Astravyets nuclear power plant built near the border with Lithuania.
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The three Baltic prime ministers met in Tallinn on Friday to discuss the development of the Baltic energy market.

"I am glad to say that we are moving closer to a common position of the Baltic countries not to purchase electricity from the unsafe Astravyets nuclear power plant," Skvernelis said in a press release after the meeting.

"I also have no doubt that together with Latvia and Estonia and the European Commission, we will find solutions for a proper mechanism for controlling the origin of electricity entering our grids from third countries," he added.

Lithuania is the main critic of the Astravyets plant under construction some 50 kilometers from Vilnius, saying that the facility fails to meet international safety standards, an allegation that Minsk denies.

Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said after his visit to Minsk earlier this week that Belarus was starting "to speak more constructively" about the plant's safety.

In Tallinn, the Baltic prime ministers also discussed the European standard-gauge railway project Rail Baltica and the EU's multiannual budget.

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