The European Commission expects to receive the plant’s stress test results from Belarus shortly.
The EC says that Minsk has promised to share the test results this year or in 2017. However, it adds, it cannot force a non EU member state perform the stress tests.
Lithuanian MEP Bronis Ropė argues that the EC is trying to dodge responsibility when it says it cannot force Belarus to do the tests, since there are international agreements in place to that effect.
MEP Petras Auštrevičius says that the European Union has financial leverage to make Belarus take nuclear safety seriously. The problem is, he argues, that the EC fails to grasp the seriousness of the situation and the political underpinnings of the project.
Lithuania has been a vocal critic of the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant project, saying that Belarus has failed to reassure of the facility’s safety. Meanwhile Minsk rejects all criticism.