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Lithuanian president absent from meeting with Baltic colleagues due to Astravyets issue

BC, Vilnius, 25.06.2020.Print version
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda did not go to the planned trilateral meeting with the Latvian and Estonian counterparts on Thursday due to there being no solution to the Astravyets nuclear power plant issue, informed LETA/BNS.

His spokesperson Antanas Bubnelis told the meeting was planned a long time ago and should have focused on regional security, anti-coronavirus measures, EU issues as well as the non-purchase of electricity from the Astravyets nuclear power plant.

"The energy or economy ministers have failed to reach trilateral agreement on the updated methodology on the purchase of electricity from third countries," Bubnelis said.

In his words, the Lithuanian president believes the negotiations should be finished first and specific decisions and the negotiation results should be in place and only then a top-level meeting should be held and the countries' action plans should be discussed.

The Baltic leaders regularly exchange opinions on other issues and coordinate their positions, Bubnelis said.

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and Latvian leader Egils Levits met on the Estonian island of Saaremaa on Thursday and discuss EU, regional security, environmental and other issues.

The Estonian president's office said Nauseda "made a last-minute decision to stay home due to internal matters".

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