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Belarus Begins Production Of Electricity At Controversial Nuclear Plant

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Belarus has begun to generate electricity at the controversial Astravyets nuclear power plant, near the border with the Baltic region of the European Union and NATO, Lithuania’s power transmission system operator Litgrid informed.

The launch of the Astravyets NPP prompted Lithuania to set the capacity for commercial electricity flow from Belarus to zero, Litgrid said, reported The Baltic Times.

As reported, Lithuania’s power transmission system operator Litgrid said on November 26 that it had been informed by Belarusian operator Belenergo that power production at the Astravyets nuclear power plant would be launched on November 1-10.

The Lithuanian company said it would set zero capacity for power imports from Belarus to implement the so-called “anti-Astrayets” law once the power plant launches power production.

Lithuania and the Baltic nations have declared the plant is unsafe and built using old Soviet technology and design, which is a national security and safety risk for the region. Minsk has denied these allegations.

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