EXCERPT: In the whirl of the Belarusian protests this summer, decision makers in Minsk and neighboring states have been forced to respond to the repercussions of the political protests even as they try to identify any potential opportunities that have arisen because of them. One such repercussion has been the joint boycott by the Baltic States of electricity imports from Belarus’s new nuclear power plant (NPP) as a measure of solidarity toward the anti-government protesters. On September 1, a press release from the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications announced that Estonia along with Lithuania and Latvia had reached a mutual agreement the day prior stipulating that electricity trade with Belarus will end once the NPP goes online. The statement further notes that a new system of origin verification will be enacted to ensure that Baltic electricity imports do not derive from Belarus (Mkm.ee, September 1).
The agreement is intended to disadvantage Belarus for constructing the Astravets NPP in close proximity to the Lithuanian border (about 30 miles) by eliminating the possibility of exporting to the Baltic market.
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