Belarus NPP Poses Threat To Existence Of Vilnius, Lithuanian MP Tells PACE

The proximity of the Belarusian nuclear power plant to the Lithuanian border poses threat to the very existence of Vilnius should an accident happen.

Lithuania will not stop reminding the world of that danger, a Member of the Seimas Emanuelis Zingeris stated at the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, TUT.BY reports.

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“The power plant, that is as close to Vilnius as Heathrow to London, threatens the very existence of our capital,” Zingeris said.

“Keeping in mind that the construction of the Belarusian NPP stopped twice due to the lack of technology and project flaws; and the track record of these terrible nuclear power plants in the USSR, I would like you all to treat this issue very seriously.”

In addition, the Lithuanian politician asked the delegates to not let Russia use the nuclear power plant in Ostrovets for geopolitical purposes.

The Assembly in Strasbourg has spelled out a series of steps governments should take to improve the safety of nuclear power stations in Europe.

According to the delegates, the safety of the nuclear station should be the greatest priority considering that  17 European countries are home to 41% of the world’s nuclear “fleet”.

The Belarusian NPP was given special attention in the draft resolution:

“Regarding the nuclear power plant in Ostrovets (Belarus), under construction just 45 kilometres from the neighbouring State’s (Lithuania) capital city Vilnius, the Assembly recalls its Resolution 2172 (2017) on the situation in Belarus which deplores the lack of respect for international nuclear safety standards and major incidents on the construction site.”

PACE urged Belarus not to issue an operational license for the Ostrovets plant before the protection against seismic resistance, a fall of a heavy commercial airplane are enhanced and “incident notification measures in respect of neighboring communities and countries are improved”.

The assessment of the Ostrovets site should be fully completed in line with international requirements, the resolution added.

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The Belarusian delegates to PACE were not invited to the nuclear safety meeting so they could not respond to the claims, Belarusian side said.

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