While many EU member states are looking to abandon nuclear energy, a new nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus and an obsolete nuclear station in Armenia represent a serious danger to European security. The BelNPP Belarusian nuclear power plant being constructed by Russia’s State Atomic Energy company Rosatom has raised concerns across EU member states including Lithuania, whose capital is located just 50 km from the construction site. Last August Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė described Belarus’ nuclear plans as an ‘existential’ threat to European security. Safety concerns related to the power plant emerged following a recent explosion at the BelNPP site that caused the death of a Russian contractor. Previously, a 330-tonne reactor casing had fallen from a height of several metres.
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