Lithuania expects agreement on Belarus nuclear power blockade by July

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Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are planning on desynchronizing from the BRELL system. Source: Siim Lõvi/ERR

Lithuania is proposing a new, slightly amended trilateral methodology for power trade with Russia to its Baltic neighbors and expects to agree with them by late June on a blockade of electricity from Belarus' Astravyets nuclear power plant, Energy Minister Dainius Kreivys said on Tuesday.

However, Vilnius is considering a plan B if no deal with Latvia and Estonia is reached, the minister said, adding that, Lithuania presented the new possible methodology and its main principles on Tuesday.

"Its main principle is that electricity that will be traded in the Baltic markets can only come through the Latvian and Estonian physical cross-sections and lines," Kreivys told a news conference. "The physical flow coming across the Lithuanian border is not traded." 

"We have already asked the (European) Commission today to convene as soon as possible a trilateral BEMIP meeting of the Baltics and the Commission, where we will introduce and discuss our new methodology," he said. 

If Lithuania fails to reach a deal with Latvia and Estonia, an alternative plan is envisaged, but not yet approved, according to the minister.   

"In that case, Lithuania reserves the right to apply the legal and technical measures provided for in option B so as to implement the 'anti-Astravyets' law," Kreivys said.  

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