Lithuanian president to meet Belarus' Nobel laureate Alexievich

  • 2020-03-05
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda is meeting with Nobel Prize-winning Belarussian writer Svetlana Alexievich in Vilnius on Thursday. 

"The president will talk to her about her creative work and the importance of historical memory for relations between states, and will also touch on the subject of the Astravyets threats," Antanas Bubnelis, the president's spokesman, told BNS. 

The winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature is in Vilnius for an international conference on collective trauma.

The writer, who lives in Minsk, is the author of Chernobyl Prayer, a book about the consequences of the 1986 nuclear disaster, and a critic of the Astravyets nuclear power plant. 

Belarus said in late 2019 that the plant's first reactor would be launched in the first quarter of 2020.

Lithuania says the nuclear power facility, located some 50 kilometers from Vilnius, fails to meet international safety and environmental standards, an allegation that Minsk denies.