Posts tagged as Belarus

MEPs raise safety concerns over a new nuclear plant in Belarus

Saturday, February 13, 2021

MEPs have called for the commercial launch of a new nuclear power plant in Belarus to be suspended amid safety concerns. Russia’s state nuclear corporation, Rosatom, which built the plant, has rejected claims the Astravets facility is unsafe, saying the design conforms to the highest international standards. It began producing electricity in November 2020 but did so before satisfying outstanding safety concerns, claim MEPs. They voted by 642 to 29…

Two reporters face three years in prison in Belarus

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Two reporters for Belsat, a Belarusian network in exile part of the Polish state-owned media TVP, are facing up to three years in prison for their journalism work in Belarus. Journalists were arrested in Minsk on November 15, 2020 while broadcasting live from a demonstration. They were accused of organizing actions that violate public order For more details: LRT.LT LRT.LT

Despite ban, Lithuania consumed €4m of Belarusian nuclear energy

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Lithuania has banned the import of electricity from Belarus in protest against a new nuclear power plant near the border. Nevertheless, negotiations are underway with Latvia and Estonia on the effective implementation of the ban. Despite Lithuania’s resolve to ban Belarusian electricity from its grid, the country’s has consumed 4-million-euro-worth of power from the Astravyets nuclear plant over the last 10 days, Energy Minister Dainius Kreivys says. Belarusian electricity is…

Latvia will be lone host of men’s world hockey championship in May

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Latvia was picked to stage the men’s world championship alone by the International Ice Hockey Federation on Tuesday after Belarus was removed as co-host last month amid political turmoil there. The tournament in May will be played at two nearby venues in Riga with all 16 teams staying in the same hotel. “With teams housed in one location and the Arena Riga and Olympic Sports Centre competition venues located approximately…

Lithuanians worry about fallout from Belarus sanctions

By Linas Jegelevicius on Saturday, January 30, 2021

Although few in Lithuania believed it at the time, Belarus’s dictator Alexander Lukashenko has already partly followed up on his threat last year to divert Belarusian cargoes from the Port of Klaipeda, where in 2020 they amounted to 32% of the port’s total annual cargo turnover, as punishment for the country’s strong stance against his repression of domestic protests. Belarus oil exporter Belorusskaya Neftyanaya Kompaniya (Belarusian Oil Company, BNK) decided…

Belarusian MPs condemn Latvia’s actions against Russian-speaking journalists

Friday, January 29, 2021

The Standing Commissions on International Affairs and on Human Rights, National Relations and Media of the House of Representatives have adopted a statement in support of the Russian State Duma’s address “To the European parliaments on the repressive actions of the Latvian authorities against Russian-speaking journalists”, BelTA learned from the press service of the House of Representatives. “In connection with the adoption of the address “To the European parliaments on…

Belarus nuclear plant near Vilnius taken offline

Monday, January 18, 2021

“Belarusian authorities say the country’s new nuclear power plant has been taken offline during testing procedures after the generator protection system was triggered” – LRT.LT reports with reference to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. The article reports that according to a statement of Belarusian Energy Ministry on January 16, at 19:02, Unit 1 at the Astravyets plant was “disconnected from the network after the generator protection system was activated”. This occurred…

Lithuania to look for long-term strategy on Belarus

Saturday, January 16, 2021

During a meeting of experts on foreign policy issues, the Lithuanian president’s office has proposed to develop a long-term strategy on Belarus, wrote LRT. “It was agreed that support to Belarusian civil society [and] to democratic processes is very important,” said Asta Skaisgirytė, adviser to Lithuania President Gitanas Nausėda. The Foreign Policy Coordination Council, consisting of senior Lithuanian officials and members of the civil society, held a meeting on Friday…

Lithuania ready to consider changing its name for Belarus

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Landsbergis discussed the issue with Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya last Friday. Lithuanians now call the neighboring country “Baltarusija”, which translates as “White Russia”. “The name by which call our neighboring country should not entrench the (Soviet-era) understanding of Belarus as part of Russia,” Landsbergis told BNS. “Belarus means White Rus’, not Russia, and that must be reflected in the name we use,” he said. “If Belarusians express such a…

Belarusian students find refuge in Lithuanian universities

Monday, January 11, 2021

Belarusian university students have been forced to flee after attending protests and being expelled, persecuted, and imprisoned. Some have found their way to Lithuania, writes LRT. Yevgeniy Ignatsiyev might seem like an ordinary student who decided to pursue higher education in a foreign country. The 19-year-old from Minsk is now a student at the European Humanities University (EHU) in Vilnius. But Ignatsiyev is not a student on exchange – he…