Lithuania’s government handed a note to Belarus regarding the delivery of a batch of nuclear fuel for the first power unit of the BelNPP.
Lithuanian authorities urged to prioritize the safety of Belarusian or Lithuanian citizens over the BelNPP construction schedule.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius told this to his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei in a phone conversation.
“The recommendations of international institutions regarding the safety of a power plant should be implemented before the power plant put into service.
Therefore, we urge Belarus not to load nuclear fuel until all the recommendations of international experts are implemented. We agreed to regularly consult on all these issues,” the press service of the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry quoted Linkevičius as saying.
The ministry also stressed that Lithuania and the EU are expecting Belarus to suspend the BelNPP launch, arrange an urgent official review of EU experts on stress tests of the National Action Plan of Belarus and receive international experts to monitor the process.
During a conversation, the official also expressed concern about the rapid spread of COVID-19 in Belarus.
“We are concerned about the situation with regard to the spread of coronavirus. We urge you to take into account all the recommendations of the World Health Organization on the introduction of quarantine and the planned parade on 9 May in Minsk
In addition, Belarus asks for the support of financial institutions in the fight against COVID-19, and therefore it is necessary to use these funds correctly. This is important not only for the citizens of Belarus, but also for combating the coronavirus pandemic across the region,” Linkevičius noted.
Recall that on 6 May, a train carrying nuclear fuel for the first unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant has arrived at the construction site.
On 27 April, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to reconsider purchasing electricity from Belarus. Two days later, Linas Linkevičius asked for support from the U.S. Under Secretary of State regarding the BelNPP.