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Published: 16 august 2019 17:51

Marius Jokūbaitis. How Lithuanian-Latvian brotherhood crumbles under Belarussian fertilizer shipments

Kenos geležinkelio stotis
Vidmanto Balkūno / 15min nuotr. / Kena railway station

In calling the Latvians our rivals, not brothers, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis seemingly appeared to be a bringer of ill omens, as if knowing what our Northern neighbours will decide regarding Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant. On Tuesday, the Latvian cabinet agreed that electricity from Belarus would be freely traded following Astravyets’ opening, which means that likely this power will reach the Lithuanian market.

The Latvian electricity network operator AST declared on Tuesday that it will buy electrical power from third countries and trade will be made not through Lithuania, but through Latvia. Our country has legislation in place, which prohibits the purchase of electricity from the nuclear power plant, which is held to be unsafe. But there will be no restrictions on electricity reaching us from Latvia, whatever its origins may be.

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