MINSK, 4 October (BelTA) – All kinds of provocations can be expected from the Lithuanian leadership, including provocations involving nuclear waste, political analyst Piotr Petrovsky told BelTA.
The topic of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant is still on the agenda. Representatives of the IAEA documented the leakage of spent nuclear fuel from a damaged fuel rod as a result of improper operation. The problem was fixed, but the whole situation lay bare safety issues.
“Lithuania uses double, triple standards in relation to Belarus. We remember how the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant was shut down. When Lithuania was building burial sites, there were a huge number of questions about their quality and efficiency. The level of expertise of Lithuanian specialists leaves much to be desired now. And the second thing is that the Lithuanian leadership is interested in escalating the conflict with our country, therefore we can expect all kinds of provocations from them, including provocations involving nuclear waste,” Piotr Petrovsky said.
The Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant is a thorn in the eye for the Lithuanian leadership, the political scientist emphasized. “Since it shows off actual achievements of the Union State and Eurasian integration right on the border with Lithuania that destroyed, closed its own nuclear power plant in order to become member of the European Union. Today it buys electricity at exorbitant prices from as far as Sweden. The country is energy-dependent and therefore it is losing huge money. Lithuanians are leaving because of this. It is clear that they used double, triple standards, a barrage of propaganda to discredit the Belarusian side. Yet, we see how things played out for us and for them in the end. Lithuanians do not even have specialists to remove and dispose of their own nuclear waste. And despite all the prohibitions, the sanctions that they imposed against the BelNPP and Belarus, despite the ban on the purchase of electricity, today they still produce it through many intermediaries. After all, logistics, geography dictate their own rules to the Lithuanian economy and you shouldn't expect anything else from them,” the expert said.