Russia can use the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Astravyets that is under construction as non-conventional weaponry. The President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite claimed this to the Vice-President of the US Mike Pence on July 31 in Tallinn as the press service of the Lithuanian leader reported.
According to her, the active role of the US in the regional energy industry obtains the strategic meaning.
‘The decision of the US on the sanctions against Russia that also concerns the energy projects is the tough signal that the connivance of the Kremlin attempts to use its standing in the energy industry for the manipulations and the interventions will not be allowed’, the Lithuanian president emphasized.
According to Grybauskaite, the long-term participation of US in security provision of the region is vitally important for Baltic states.
‘The role of the most powerful ally in NATO in the achievements in the sphere of the regional air defense is determined and the permanent presence of the US military and the equipment in the Baltic States is the most powerful means of deterrence’, she claimed.
The building ground of the Belarusian nuclear power plant is situated near the northwest border of the Republic of Belarus in 18 kilometers from Astravyets, Grodno region that is 50 kilometers from Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. According to the plans, the first block of the nuclear power plant will start to work in 2019 and the second in 2020.
The main partner of Belarus is the Russian company Atomstroyexport and the Belarusian production organizations act like the sub-suppliers.