Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius has asked his energy minister to find out if it is technically possible to restrict the supply of electricity from Belarus’ new nuclear power plant, which is part of the so-called BRELL energy ring that also includes the Baltic countries and Russia.
The future Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant
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"Politicians have been publicly discussing various technical solutions, including the construction of a current converter at the border with Belarus. However, only experts in the field can say which of the solutions would be the most efficient," the prime minister said.

"I have instructed the energy minister to analyse and assess, together with experts, the technical possibilities regarding the construction of such as converter, as well as to evaluate the impact of all possible options on the energy system," he said.

BNS reported that a spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said he was neither in favour nor against blocking Belarus' electricity from entering or transiting Lithuanian territory.

Lithuania’s energy minister, Rokas Masiulis, has been leading a campaign to convince neighbouring countries to boycott electricity from the plant calling on Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Poland to restrict and refuse to buy electricity from the nuclear plant.

Latvia’s Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis last week pledged to support Lithuania on the issue of the safety of the plant and Estonia previously supported the idea of not buying electricity from the plant. However, Masiulis has said that Finland did not back this idea of a boycott.

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