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Grybauskaite's statements on BelNPP cause cognitive dissonance at Belarus MFA

Politics 11.03.2019 | 09:15
Anatoly Glaz. An archive photo
Anatoly Glaz. An archive photo

MINSK, 11 March (BelTA) - Anatoly Glaz, Head of the Information and Digital Diplomacy Office, Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, met with the media on 7 March to comment on the latest statements of Lithuania President Dalia Grybauskaite who, following the meetings with the Austrian president and the Finnish prime minister, declared the support of Lithuania's intransigence towards the Belarusian NPP project by these two countries, BelTA has learned.

When asked whether the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is aware of such statements, the press secretary said: “We carefully studied the reports on these meetings and experienced a cognitive dissonance. It seemed that the participants took part in different negotiations or that there was something wrong with the interpreter. Neither the press service of the Austrian president nor the press service of the Finnish premier, or any major news agency of these countries even mentioned the discussion of the BelNPP topic, let alone these countries' support of Lithuania's radical position on the need to close the plant.”

Anatoly Glaz added that according to Dalia Grybauskaite, it turns out that Finland, which plans to build a nuclear power plant based on a similar project, insists that it is not safe. “This is surreal,” he believes.

“We understand that the presidential race is in full swing in Lithuania, and that fanning unfounded fears about the neighbor's nuclear power plant project is a traditional tactic of conducting it. The use of such primitive cliches requires excessive imagination, which is drawn from popular comics about radioactive monsters,” said the official representative of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Anatoly Glaz reiterated that the Belarusian NPP will be built and will be safe.

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