Consultations on Belarus’ nuclear project held in Riga


Top-ranking officials of the Latvian environment ministry held a closed-door meeting with Belarus’ government delegation in Riga on March 23 to discuss Minsk’s plans to build a nuclear power plant, BelaPAN said.

The consultations were organized under the UN Convention of Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo).

Initially, the discussion was expected to involve representatives of environmental organizations in Belarus, Latvia and Russia, but Alyaksandr Andreyew, a departmental head at the Belarusian environment ministry, and other members of the Belarusian delegation were strongly opposed to that.

The Latvian officials eventually had a one-hour discussion with the government delegation and then a two-hour discussion with environmental campaigners, who included Tatsyana Novikava and Andrei Ozharovsky, known for their fierce opposition to the Belarusian nuclear project.