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Important Lithuanian and Russian Environmental Issues Discussed

2008-07-17

“The Russian Federation government has not taken any decision on building a new nuclear plant in its Kaliningrad Region yet, so, it is still early to talk about it,” said Dmitrij Cvetkov, Chancellor of the Russian Federation Embassy in Lithuania,at a meeting with Aleksandras Spruogis, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, today. The Lithuanian official asked Mr Cvetkov for clarification of information on the Russian Fenderation’s alleged plans, which reached Lithuania from unconfirmed sources recently. Nevertheless, according to the Russian diplomat, if the government decides to build a nuclear power plant, Lithuania will be informed about it in due course as defined by international agreements.

The Lithuanian side was also interested in Russia’s alleged urban development plans in the Curonian Spit.  As Mr Spruogis said, Lithuanians are very much interested in preserving this unique natural location and will put their best efforts into keeping it on the World Heritage list. However, this will be impossible, if our country or Russia (on their territory) violate UNESCO requirements.  Mr Spruogis noted, that exactly one month ago, the Lithuanian Ministry of Environment had sent a request to the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation, asking it to share their plans on Curonian Spit urbanization.  Nevertheless, no answer from Russia has yet been received. Mr Cvetkov promised to ensure that such an answer is provided to Lithuania.

During the meeting, the agenda of the Lithuanian-Russian Joint Comission on cooperation in the environmental sector was also discussed in detail.  The commission meeting should be held at the end of September or beginning of October in Moscow. Representatives of both countries, authorized to discuss Lithuanian and Russian environmental issues on a governmental level, participate in the work of the commission.

This joint commission was established in 1999 as a result of the environmental cooperation agreement signed between the governments of the two countries.  The first commission meeting took place in Vilnius in April 2004.  Other four meetings were subsequently organized in the capitals of the both countries.  The latest one was held last June in Vilnius.

The head of the Lithuanian delegation in the joint commission, Mr Spruogis, and Russian Embassy Councellor Dmitrij Cvetkov also discussed planned agreements between the two governments on other environmental issues.  The parties are planning to sign a cooperation agreement between the countries on standards, metrology and conformity evaluation before the joint commission meeting in Moscow.


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17 Jul 2008

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas