Baltics may soon sign declaration on Belarusian power boycott - Lithuanian PM

  • 2020-08-26
  • LETA/BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – 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. 

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.  

Lithuanian Energy Minister Zygimantas Vaiciunas told BNS earlier on Wednesday that the authorities were now planning to finalize the wording of the declaration and approve a trilateral methodology for electricity trade with non-EU countries.

He added that there was still time to find final solutions, both political and technical. 

Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins said on Tuesday evening that his country would halt electricity trade with Belarus if the Astravyets plant is launched. 

Karins said that Latvia could then start electricity trade with third countries though its interconnection with Russia.