Latvia urges Lithuania to accept proposed compromise on Belarus' nuclear energy

  • 2020-06-15
  • LETA/BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics called on the Lithuanian government in Vilnius on Monday to approve a political declaration, agreed at a ministerial level, on electricity trade after the launch of Belarus' Astravyets nuclear power plant.

"What has been proposed so far has been the best compromise achieved by all sides. From that point of view, I urge the Lithuanian government to accept that because it has not been an easy debate," he told a joint news conference with his Baltic and Polish counterparts. 

Rinkevics said it had not been easy to get the agreed compromise through the Latvian Cabinet either. 

In May, Lithuanian Energy Minister Zygimantas Vaiciunas unveiled a political declaration, agreed with the Latvian and Estonian economy ministers, on electricity trade with third countries once Lithuania halts imports from Belarus following the launch of the Astravyets plant. 

Vaiciunas says the declaration will help Lithuania block imports from the plant, but some criticize it for a lack of commitment on the part of Latvia to ensure that Astravyets electricity does not reach the common market via Russia and Latvia. 

The draft political declaration has been criticized by Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius and some opposition politicians.