Lithuanian, Belarusian formins discuss Astravyets issue

The Lithuanian and Belarusian foreign ministers have on Thursday discussed the Astravyets nuclear power plant criticized by Lithuania, diversification of energy resources as well as the allocation of humanitarian aid to Belarus to fight the coronavirus epidemic, Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

During their phone conversation, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius called on his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei to continue the dialogue on political and economic matters and pointed to Belarus’ commitments regarding the safety of the Astravyets nuclear facility.

“I reminded the political commitments regarding the nuclear power plant that is under construction as well as Belarus’ pledge to the European Commission to implement international experts’ recommendations by the launch of the power plant,” Linkevicius was quoted as saying in a statement.

In his words, Lithuania will continue contributing to the diversification of Belarus’ imports of energy resources a tanker with US oil meant for Belarus is set to arrive in Lithuania’s port of Klaipeda later this week.

The Lithuanian foreign minister also informed his Belarusian counterpart of the Lithuanian government’s decision made on Wednesday to allocate 50,000 euros to Belarus to help the neighboring country combat the coronavirus pandemic, and also called on Minsk to implement the World Health Organization’s recommendations.

Linkevicius also expressed hope that the upcoming presidential election in Belarus would be held pursuant to international standards and equal opportunities for all candidates and self-expression for the civic society would be created.

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