Posts tagged as Belarus

Lithuania’s blocking Minsk-EU agreement, Belarus complaints in Brussels

Monday, May 20, 2019

Belarusian representatives complained in Brussels last week that Lithuania is blocking the European Union and Minsk’s agreement on partnership priorities. Vilnius says such an agreement is impossible until Belarus, building the Astravyets nuclear power plant, changes its attitude to nuclear safety. Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makey went to Brussels on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the EU Eastern Partnership project and said Lithuania is stalling the talks on…

Belarus rejects Lithuanian PM’s proposal on N-plant conversion to gas

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Belarus has rejected Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ proposal to convert its nearly-completed Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP) to gas. Sergei Rumas said in his response letter of April 22 that the suggestion was not feasible. “As regards your proposal, outlined in the letter of March 7, on the construction of a gas power plant instead of the nuclear one, I’d like to inform you that the Belarusian NPP plant…

Estonians worried about haze, smell of smoke, apparently from fires in Russia or Belarus

Saturday, April 27, 2019

In central and southern Estonia, a cloud of bluish haze has made people and fire-fighters worried about possible wildfires, but meteorologists and NASA point to smoke coming from Russia and Belarus. Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports that a plane of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) plane seeking to determine the source of a bluish haze over Central and Southern Estonia on Thursday, April 25. Earlier on Thursday,…

Generals of Poland, Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine met in Warsaw

Friday, March 29, 2019

Deputy heads of the General Staffs of Poland, Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine met on March, 28 in Warsaw. Major General Krzysztof Król, deputy head of the General Staff of the Polish Army, hosted the meeting. It was the first four-party meeting of military officials of such kind. The main issue of the talks was the transparency of military exercises and activities. Major General Krzysztof Król informed his colleagues about changes…

Lithuania’s running out of possibilities to buy power from Belarus, part speaker says

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Lithuania will have neither technical nor political possibilities to buy power from Belarus, even if Minsk agreed with the Lithuanian prime minister’s recent proposal to convert the nearly-complete Astravyets nuclear power plant into a gas-fueled station, Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis believes, refraining to comment on the prime minister’s proposal in detail, reported LETA/BNS. “We are synchronizing with the European continental networks and all lines are in the…

Lithuanian president calls PM’s Astravyets letter

Monday, March 18, 2019

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite on Sunday called Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ recent letter to Belarus, suggesting converting the nearly-complete Astravyets nuclear power plant, under construction near the Lithuanian border, “anticonstitutional” as the country’s main law states that the president deals with key foreign policy issues. “The Constitution says that decisions are made by the president only, and foreign policy is conducted together with the government. Since that issue had not…

Lithuania’s position on Astravyets NPP has not changed

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Lithuanian government’s position on the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus has not changed, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told lawmakers on Thursday after being summoned by the opposition to answer question on Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ recent proposal to Belarus to convert almost-complete Astravyets plant into a gas-fueled facility. “I do not assess the prime minister’s actions as it’s not my competence. Lithuania’s position on the nuclear…

Grybauskaite thanks Finland for support on Belarus’ N-plant safety

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite thanked on Wednesday Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila for his country’s support for efforts to ensure the safety of Belarus’ nuclear power plant under construction in Astravyets, near the border with Lithuania.   “According to the president, international support for Lithuania’s position on the Astravyets nuclear power plant will remain very important in the future, and Finland’s support is particularly significant,” her office said in a press release.  Grybauskaite…

Belarus to perform OSCE armament control assessment visit to Latvia

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

From 31 October to 2 November, three officers of Belarusian armed forces will be on a special Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe armament assessment control visit to Latvia, as confirmed by Latvian Defence Ministry. The objective of this visit is checking if general information submitted to OSCE regarding Latvian Ground Forces Mechanized Infantry Brigade fits the actual situation. «To increase transparency and trust among neighbouring countries, Latvia and…

Cabinet supports Latvian-Belarus agreement on international rail traffic

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Cabinet of Ministers on Tuesday supported the agreement between the Latvian and Belarus governments on international rail traffic that provides for signing a new bilateral cooperation agreement on cooperation in rail transport sector, BC learned at the press center of the Minitry of Transport and Communication. At present, the cooperation is based on the agreement signed by both governments on May 18, 1995. Transport Ministries of both countries agreed…