Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas, says Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins has reassured him that his country does not intend to purchase electricity from Belarus’ Astravyets nuclear plant under construction close to the Lithuanian border.
“I met with the Latvian president, the chairwoman of the Saeima and the prime minister in Aglona on August 15,” the speaker announced.
“And the prime minister came to me and said, “We are not going to buy electricity from the Astravyets plant”. He announced this publicly later,” he said.
The Latvian government said that electricity trade with Belarus would be moved to the Latvian border once Lithuania suspended it.
Lithuanian officials are worried that electricity generated by the Astravyets plant will thus get access to the common market via Latvia.
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has described Latvia’s decision as “regrettable”. (LRT/Business World Magazine)