Belarus receives a note of protest over a failure of the Ostrovets Nuclear Power Plant to meet safety requirements
On 23 November, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned a representative of the Embassy of Belarus to Lithuania and handed him a note of protest over the plans to launch the second Unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (NPP) at the end of 2021.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs notes that the launch of the second Unit of the Belarusian NPP will double the nuclear and environmental safety threats to Lithuania and other countries in the region. Thus, Belarus is required to refrain from this decision that is irresponsible and increases the threats. Lithuania also calls on Belarus to suspend the operation of the first Unit of the NPP until all modern nuclear safety requirements are met.
The note of protest states that the choice of Belarus to construct its NPP close to the Lithuanian state border, not far from Vilnius, was and will always remain the most important issue, while there are many other unresolved safety problems.
In addition, the note says that, as long as the Belarusian NPP operates at the site of Ostrovets, Lithuania will take all possible diplomatic, political, legal and technical measures to protect the well-being of its residents and the interests of its national security.
The physical launch of the NPP is an important phase. As soon as the nuclear fuel is loaded into the reactor and it becomes operational, even though at low power, the power plant becomes a nuclear facility.