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