VILNIUS - Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius has asked US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun for support on Belarus' Astravyets nuclear power plant that Vilnius considers unsafe.
The minister asked for US support for Lithuania's position on the Astravyets nuclear power plant, emphasizing the project's non-compliance with environmental and nuclear safety standards and the need to implement EU stress test recommendations before the facility is launched. it said in a press release.
The Astravyets project runs counter to the economic logic, placing "an enormous economic burden" on Belarus and "further increasing its dependence on Russia", Linkevicius said.
Western countries are interested in a politically, economically and energy-independent Belarus, and Lithuania is ready to work together to increase Belarus' energy independence, but the neighboring country must make efforts, too, according to the press release.
Linkevicius also expressed concern about insufficient efforts by Belarus to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and about Russia's pressure on the country's strategic economic sectors, it said.