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Lithuania Asked The Us For A Reaction To The Belaes, As Concerning Nord Stream 2

Lithuania Asked The Us For A Reaction To The Belaes, As Concerning Nord Stream 2

Lithuanian Energy Minister leader of Žygimantas Vaičiūnas asked for greater US involvement insecurity in the region since Belarus is completing the construction of a nuclear power plant in Astravets near the border with Lithuania.

According to the BNS Agency, referring to the Ministry of Energy of the Republic, in a telephone conversation with the US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, the Lithuanian Minister stressed that this plant represents a nuclear and geopolitical threat to Lithuania and the entire region.

"In the case of the (BNS) Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, we see and welcome active and effective US actions. No less US involvement is necessary and the question of other regional threats - the NPP," - said Vicunas, noting that the launch of the nuclear plant should not bring through security.

Belarus is building a nuclear power plant near the town of Ostrovets in the Grodno region under the Russian VVER-1200 project. It will consist of two power units with a capacity of 1200 MW each. The Ministry of Energy of Belarus reported that it is planned to ensure the commissioning of the first power unit of the Belarusian NPP in 2020, and the second - in 2021. The General contractor for the construction of the NPP is Atomstroyexport (Rosatom structure).

Lithuania has been making claims against the Belarusian NPP almost since the Minsk decision on its construction, claiming that the station will not be safe enough. Belarus insists that the nuclear power plant will meet the highest safety standards.