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Lithuania will completely abandon Russian energy sources

21-5-2022 |

Lithuania stops importing electricity from Russia. Lithuanian electricity transmission system operator Litgrid announced this on Friday, May 20.

"The exchange operator Nord Pool has decided to suspend trading of Russian electricity by Inter RAO Group, which is the only importer of electricity from Russia to the Baltic states. Starting Sunday, Russian electricity will no longer be imported to Lithuania," the statement said.

"The suspension of electricity trade with Russia will not affect the reliability of Lithuania's electricity transmission system. The country's electricity needs will be met by local power plants and imports from strategic partners in the European Union through existing interconnections with Sweden, Poland and Latvia," Litgrid CEO Rokas Masiulis said.

No gas, no oil, no electricity from Russia

This means that as of May 22, there will be no Russian gas, oil or electricity in the country, according to the Lithuanian Ministry of Energy.

"This is a very important milestone not only on Lithuania's path to energy independence. It is an expression of our solidarity with the warring Ukraine. We can't allow the Russian military machine to be financed with our money," Dainius Kreivis, the Energy Minister, was quoted by Delfi news portal as saying.

According to the minister, it will be possible to talk about full energy independence of Lithuania only when the country will be able to cover its needs for electricity from local green energy and become an exporting country.

Source: DW