Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that public comments by Gintautas Paluckas, the leader of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP), on Lithuania's efforts to block imports from a new nuclear power plant that Belarus in building some 50 kilometers from Vilnius "sound like the Kremlin's voice".
Saulius Skvernelis
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"We have managed to prove in the European Union and in European capitals that this is a matter of our security, of our survival, and saying now that this doesn't matter at all sounds like the Kremlin's voice," Skvernelis said on Ziniu Radijas on Thursday when asked to comment on Paluckas' position.

The Social Democratic leader wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday: "There are a lot of political reasons for not buying electricity from the yet-to-be-built Astravyets power plant, but none of them has to do with the safety of the construction or operation of the facility. This is like pouring milk on the asphalt surface of a motorway and telling everybody that you are doing so to stop weed from growing."

"I don't want to believe that the (LSDP) chairman might voice a position in the future that perhaps it was Ukraine that attacked Russia, that there was no annexation of Crimea, that Russia simply restored historical justice and a democratic referendum took place," Skvernelis told the radio station.

The Lithuanian government last week endorsed an action plan for blocking electricity imports from Belarus' nuclear power plant and thus hampering the project.

Some 65 percent of the Lithuanian population regard the Astravyets facility as a security threat, a public opinion poll conducted for BNS has shown.

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