Lithuanian President urged EU to prevent BelNPP electricity from entering the European market

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VILNIUS, November 4. / TASS /. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda appealed to EU leaders to prevent the European market from accessing the electricity generated at the unsafe, according to Vilnius' assessment, nuclear power plant (BelNPP), built by Belarus near the border with Lithuania and 50 km from Vilnius. This was reported on Wednesday by the press service of the head of state.

"Now is the best time for the EU to make decisions that would restrict access to the EU market for electricity generated in third countries by unsafe producers that do not meet the highest safety standards," Nauseda's letter, which he sent to President of the Council of Europe Charles Michel and the head of the European Commission, is quoted in the message Ursule von der Leyen.

The President called on the European community to follow the example of Lithuania, which stopped the passage of electricity from Belarus to its networks, where on Tuesday the first power unit of the Belarusian NPP was connected to the country's unified energy system. In response, Vilnius announced the cessation of purchases of electricity from Belarus. "We call on the EU not to put up with non-compliance at the Ostrovets NPP (the station is located near the city of Ostrovets, Grodno region – TASS note) international standards on nuclear safety and environmental protection and not to allow the EU market, as Lithuania did (with regard to its market), its electricity ", – wrote Nauseda.

Lithuania claims that the BelNPP project was carried out in violation of international requirements in the field of nuclear energy. The parliament of the Baltic republic declared the station a threat to national security, and also legally prohibited the purchase and export of its electricity through its power grids.

In Belarus, they say that the claims of Vilnius lie in the political plane. Minsk has repeatedly stressed that the safety of the station will be ensured in accordance with the highest standards.

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