The Lithuanian Parliament on Thursday ruled that the construction in Ostrovets district of Belarus nuclear power plant (NPP) is unsafe, posing a threat to national security of Lithuania, its environment and the health of citizens.
The adoption of such a law voted by 104 deputies, reported the correspondent of BNS who attended the meeting. Lithuanian Parliament consists of 141 deputies.
The head of the parliamentary Committee on national security and defence (BIC) Vytautas Bakas reported a high importance of the adopted law. “In the middle and long term it will be of great importance for people’s safety, their quality of life and progress of the state”, – said V. Bakas.
According to him, Belarus, building a power plant is unsafe, violates three international conventions, the project is not transparent.
On 20 April, the Lithuanian Seimas adopted a law which aims to limit the import of electricity from Russia and Belarus .
On 7 may, the Cabinet of Ministers of Lithuania decided that under construction about 50 km from Vilnius Belarusian nuclear power plant is a threat to national security of Lithuania.
“The interests of national security and people – is the most important. The position of Lithuania regarding the Belarusian NPP in a clear and principled – the construction of the Belarusian NPP cannot continue. From the outset, this construction is accompanied by serious violations and incidents, was not respected, and still not met any of the requirements of nuclear security or international environmental requirements,” – said the Prime Minister Saulius Skarnales.
According to the Lithuanian government, the Belarusian NPP is violating national interests and security interests, all established in law the criteria: geographic location and suitability of the selected site, technology features, nuclear safety, compliance with international safety requirements and environmental protection, intergovernmental cooperation.
Lithuania wants Belarus to have undertaken all the necessary seismological, geological, hydrological investigations of the construction site of the Belarusian NPP carried out verification procedures of the site in compliance with the applicable standards, and requested the holding SEED-mission of the IAEA in full volume and stress tests on the methodology of the European Union.
On Tuesday, the Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Semashko said that Belarus hopes to put an end to disputes with Lithuania on the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant during the seventh meeting of representatives of States parties to the Espoo Convention June 13-16.
“Unfortunately, there are issues. I think, not so much the issues of technology and security. More this is a political issue, contrived. I think that this meeting can finally put a dot over the i in this completely contrived dispute. And we normally work on, ” said Vladimir Semashko told reporters.
However, he stated that most claims presented to the Republic for allegedly having incorrectly chosen the site for the Belarusian NPP. “But the choice is compliance with more than 110 conditions. Up until that routes international airlines are not close to the station, soil specific, and more”, – said the Deputy head of the government.
He reminded that Belarus has taken a number of international inspection missions, which checked the compliance with international standards in the construction of the Belarusian NPP.
The seventh meeting of representatives of States parties to the Espoo Convention held in Minsk from 13 to 16 June. It involved representatives from 45 countries. Scheduled 15 documents and carry out several parallel events, in particular, to discuss the application of the Convention in the field of nuclear energy.
The Belarusian nuclear power plant is being built in Ostrovets district of the Grodno region at the Russian project “VVER-1200”. It will consist of two power units of 1200 MW each. Commissioning of the first unit is scheduled for 2019. The NPP construction General contractor is Atomstroyexport (structure “Rosatom”).