Lithuania's President-elect Rolandas Paksas has stated that he intends to approach the European Union for help in constructing a new, Western-type nuclear power station. This commitment to nuclear energy will have considerable implications for Belarus, which currently purchases a significant amount of its electricity from Lithuania. Moreover, Lithuania's Soviet-built nuclear-power station at Ignalina is of the RBMK type, similar to that which blew up at Chernobyl in April 1986. Ignalina is close to the Lithuanian-Belarusian frontier, and a Chernobyl-type accident there could expose northwes...
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