VILNIUS - Ukraine will offer Lithuania energy supply, if needed, upon the closure of Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant in 2009, President Valdas Adamkus said.
"In case there is a greater need for energy -- especially electricity and other raw materials -- in Lithuania in 2010, we have been assured that Ukraine will continue providing energy to Lithuania," Adamkus, who is on a state visit to Kiev, said.
Lithuanian Economy Minister Vytas Navickas told the Baltic News Service that Ukraine could supply power to Lithuania via Belarus.
"There is a possibility to supply power from Ukraine to Lithuania via Belarus if the Belarusians agree. But there is the question of Belarus' reliability, tangibility of agreements with Belarus. Certainly, there is the question of the price as well," the minister said.
He added that Lithuanian and Ukrainian experts would meet to consider this issue, discuss technical possibilities for supplying power and try to involve Belarus in the project.