Poland’s re­fusal of As­travyets N-plant elec­tric­ity a key sig­nal to Lithua­nia

The Baltic Times - - FRONT PAGE - BNS/TBT Staff

A high-rank­ing Pol­ish gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial has said that the coun­try would not buy elec­tric­ity from the Be­laru­sian As­travyets Nu­clear Power Plant (NPP). It is an im­por­tant sig­nal to Lithua­nia, says the Lithua­nian po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tist Andze­jus Puk­sto.

In his words, War­saw is bet­ter heard in Brus­sels than in Vil­nius; there­fore, the As­travyets is­sue should now get more at­ten­tion in Europe.

“It is a very im­por­tant mes­sage, as how­ever we de­cide to model Lithua­nia’s for­eign and se­cu­rity pol­icy, it seems to me that Poland is ex­cep­tional, when it comes to en­ergy se­cu­rity. Speak­ing about en­ergy se­cu­rity and cre­ation of a com­mon elec­tric­ity mar­ket in­de­pen­dent from Rus­sia, cre­ation of a gas mar­ket, the lo­ca­tion of Poland is ex­cep­tional,” Puk­sto, the head of the Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ences De­part­ment at Vy­tau­tas Mag­nus Univer­sity, said.

The an­a­lyst be­lieves Poland is cur­rently pur­su­ing poli­cies of open doors and dia­logue to es­cape the Rus­sian em­brace, and the de­ci­sion on Be­larus was made in the con­text of im­prov­ing re­la­tions, and is aimed at halt­ing the growth of Moscow’s in­flu­ence.

“It seems to me that the im­prov­ing cli­mate of re­la­tions, and the po­si­tion on As­travyets were con­sid­ered. The de­ci­sion is fi­nal, and not sub­ject to ap­peals. On the other hand, Pol­ish pol­icy-shapers un­der­stand that the move to block As­travyets is not so much a blow to (Be­laru­sian President Alexan­der) Lukashenko, as it is a halt of Moscow’s in­ter­ests in the re­gion, which is the main pri­or­ity for Poland’s cur­rent rul­ing con­ser­va­tives,” said the po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tist.

In Puk­sto’s words, if Euro­pean Coun­cil President Don­ald Tusk started rais­ing the As­travyets is­sue, it would help halt the N-plant project.

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