VILNIUS – The delivery of nuclear fuel to the Astravyets nuclear power plant forces Lithuania to step up efforts to pursue the maximum security of the nuclear facility under construction in Belarus close to the Lithuanian border and to convince the neighboring countries against buying electricity generated at the power plant, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Albinas Zananavicius has said.
“Fuel has been delivered to the site and it means that our efforts against the Belarusian nuclear power plant will be further intensified,” he said at the meeting of the Seimas Commission for Energy and Sustainable Development and the ad-hoc coordination group for the actions over the Astravyets nuclear power plant.
Lithuania would seek to convince the European Union (EU) to maintain continuous monitoring and to step up pressure on Minsk to implement the EU stress tests’ recommendations before the launch of the nuclear facility, he noted.
Lithuania was holding bilateral talks with Belarus and sought to convince Minsk to postpone the launch of the power plant, Zananavicius said adding that Vilnius also sought stronger support from the United States in relation to security of the Belarusian nuclear reactor.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last week released 11 recommendations and eight proposals as to the strengthening of security of the Astravyets nuclear facility.
Earlier this week, Lithuania and Belarus signed an agreement on early notification of a nuclear accident and exchange of information on nuclear facilities and activities.