Petras Vaida, BC, Vilnius,
Cooperation with Belarus in nuclear energy projects could convince the neighbours to abandon their plans of erecting a new nuclear power plant (AE) near Lithuania, Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius said on Friday.
"I think that by seeking such cooperation we could convince them that it is not very wise to build a nuclear power plant near the state border with Lithuania. But it is an issue to be decided upon in the future," the prime minister said on the Lithuanian Radio.
"Maybe our neighbours will change their plans seeing our determination in carrying out our own plans without any hesitation, consulting our neighbours and moving forwards step by step. For this purpose, no misunderstanding over our plans should be allowed," Kubilius added.
The prime minister noted that the work related to the construction of the nuclear power plant was in a progress. Kubilius is confident that a strategic investor would be found by the beginning of the next year and construction works would start in cooperation with the neighbours Latvians, Poles and Estonians soon afterwards. Belarus intends to build a plant some 50 kilometres from Vilnius, at the Ostrowiec field. The plant would be brought into operation in 2016. Russia also has plans of erecting a new nuclear power plant in the Kaliningrad region, the Neman district, reports LETA/ELTA.