We won't break our neighbors' arms over Astravyets - Lithuanian PM

  • 2020-06-09
  • LETA/BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - As the Baltic states are holding discussions on power trade with Belarus following the launch of the Astravyets nuclear power plant, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says Lithuania will try to do everything for electricity from Astravyets, which is considered unsafe, not to enter Lithuania, adding however, that the country would not break neighbors' arms over the issue.

"We need to do everything until the coordination period to make sure that electricity from this power plant could technically not enter the Lithuanian market. A methodological change is also planned for that and I hope we will be able to endorse it together with the political declaration, but that's a common decision of Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and the European Commission," Skvernelis told journalists at the parliament on Tuesday.

"I hope it will be done. Breaking partners and neighbors' arms is definitely not that path, despite some proposals that we should do that," he added.

A draft agreement, produced by the Lithuanian Energy Ministry's, on the entry of electricity produced in Astravyets into the Baltic states' markets has sparked discussion in recent weeks as it does not oblige Latvia and Estonia not to buy electricity from Astravyets.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius also criticized the agreement last week, saying that it does not match Lithuania's interests. The Energy Ministry and the presidential office, however, defend it. Energy Minister Zygimantas Vaiciunas said on Tuesday the government would not make any decision that would not allow implementing the so-called "anti-Astravyets law".

The draft agreement was discussed by the Lithuanian government last week but no decisions were made.