Lithuania to continue to seek close dialogue with European Commission's experts on Ostrovets NPP
On 16 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union. In the meeting, Lithuania‘s Foreign Minister thanked him for lending support to the project of the synchronization of the Baltic states' electricity network with the European system, welcomed the regional agreement on the beginning of its implementation, and discussed further steps.
"Lithuania and other Baltic states are beginning to prepare for the implementation of the project of the synchronization of the Baltic states' electricity network with the European system, and the process of desynchronization, as their electricity grid is still operated in a synchronous mode with the Russian and Belarusian systems (the BRELL ring). We hope that the European Commission will notify other participants of the BRELL ring respectively," said L. Linkevičius.
Lithuania‘s Foreign Minister thanked the European Commission for carrying out stress tests at the unsafe Ostrovets NPP that was being constructed in Belarus and for subsequent recommendations.
"The assessment and recommendations made by the European experts are significant. It is essential that the European Commission should be involved to ensure full implementation of the recommendations. This will be particularly important, if Belarus ignores the international community‘s opinion and decides to launch its nuclear facility," said L. Linkevičius.
He emphasized that Lithuania expected a very close dialogue with the Commission‘s experts on this issue and noted that the quality of the implementation of the recommendations should become the EU‘s good practice, as well as establish a precedent for the future.