Thus, Lithuania protests against the construction of a nuclear power plant in Belarus. The safety of the facility has even been confirmed by the IAEA, but Vilnius hopes to put together an anti-Belarusian coalition in Europe to counteract the construction of a nuclear power plant. The Lithuanian authorities subsequently banned themselves from buying low-cost electricity, which will be generated by this power plant. They also tried to urge Latvia. But Riga gently avoided such a decision.
This is not the first time Lithuania has opposed Belarus, seeing it as an “agent of the Kremlin”. Minsk refused to transit oil products through Lithuanian territory, preferring Russia. Latvia was able to extract some benefit from this. She began to develop relations with Belarus in the field of rail transportation. The flow of Belarusian cargo to Latvian ports increased by 50%, while the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda remained on the sidelines. Poland is ready to intercept the remaining transit.
Vilnius could develop economic relations with Beijing, but not everything is simple here. Two years ago, China wanted to include Lithuania in its New Silk Road project. Chinese investments in the port of Klaipeda were planned, but the deal fell through. Now the Chinese side is signing a partnership agreement with the port of Riga.
And in Lithuania there is a discussion on the topic of whether it is possible to cooperate with a country such as China, which does not meet the standards of democracy. For the same reasons, Vilnius earlier refused cheaper, but “undemocratic” Russian oil, and will also buy more expensive, but “democratic” American liquefied gas. Meanwhile, every third resident of Lithuania suffers from poverty.