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2 May 2019

Certain forces in Lithuania exploit Belarusian nuclear power plant to further political agenda

Certain forces in Lithuania exploit Belarusian nuclear power plant to further political agenda

MINSK, 2 May (BelTA) – Certain forces in Lithuania use the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant to reach political goals. The statement was made by the Lithuanian ex-president, member of the European Parliament Rolandas Paksas after meeting with Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko on 2 May, BelTA has learned.

Rolandas Paksas said: “It is no secret that certain political forces in Lithuania and beyond use the construction of the nuclear power plant in order to reach political goals. I don’t think Belarusians are building an unsafe nuclear power plant. I am personally in favor of nuclear energy.”

Rolandas Paksas believes it is necessary to overcome the mistrust in Lithuania. In his opinion, to make it happen, the process of building the Belarusian nuclear power plant should be as transparent as possible. “I’ve suggested to the president that a most powerful international expert group from all countries with experience should be set up to constantly monitor the nuclear power plant,” the political noted. “I think this power plant will be built and it will work. All of us should now take steps towards each other and should be very transparent.”

According to Rolandas Paksas, during the meeting Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that the Belarusian side was open to any expert evaluation.

Speaking about the advancement of bilateral relations, Rolandas Paksas noted that some time ago Lithuania had three foreign policy priorities: NATO membership, European Union membership, and good relations with the neighbors. “Unfortunately, as far as the third priority is concerned, we didn’t do too well due to many reasons and the state of affairs needs to be fixed. One should live in peace and accord with their neighbors,” Rolandas Paksas is convinced.

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