Lithuania turned to the United States for help in ensuring security in the energy sector in connection with the approaching launch of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (BelNPP), which the government in Vilnius considers a geopolitical project of Russia, Mind.ua reports.
“The US Department of Energy is well aware of the situation in Ostrovets. We ask the United States to pay continuous attention to this project and support Lithuania's efforts to ensure security,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said during his visit to Washington.
According to the minister, Lithuania constantly emphasizes that BelNPP is a Russian geopolitical project "next to NATO, one of the goals of which is to keep not only Belarus, but also the Baltic countries in the sphere of influence."
Belarus is building a nuclear power plant near the town of Ostrovets in the Grodno region according to the Russian VVER-1200 design. The NPP will consist of two 1200 MW power units each. Lithuania is opposed to this project, considering this station dangerous.
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko promised to launch BelNPP on November 7 – the day of the October Revolution, which remains a state holiday in Belarus.
Earlier it was reported that Russia has agreed on changes in the terms of crediting the Belarusian NPP.
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