Baltic To Boycott Belarusian Power Due To Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant

Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant
Power lines in Belarus — ЛЭП в Беларуси — ЛЭП у Беларусі
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The Baltic nations next to the Eastern European country of Belarus may boycott power from the former Soviet republic due to safety concerns with the Astravyets nuclear power plant which soon will be coming online.

The Baltic countries may sign in the near future a political declaration that will commit them to not buying electricity from Belarus once it launches the Astravyets nuclear power plant, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday, reported The Baltic Times.

His comment came after Latvia said on Tuesday that it would not purchase electricity from Belarus if it puts the nuclear power facility into operation. 

“As you probably already know, we are heading toward a political declaration,” Skvernelis told reporters after the Cabinet’s meeting, adding that “it will be even easier to come to an agreement” in light of “the recent developments”. 

“Our Baltic regulators already have a technical solution ready, and I believe we could (…) sign the political declaration in the near future,” he added.  

The development will add pressure to Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko who is facing civil unrest over the recent presidential election which he won but many analysts believe was rigged.

Today Russia declared it had established a ‘reserve Law enforcement force’ to help Lukashenko ‘maintain order’ if the current round of protests get out of hand.

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