Belarus to 2018 will completely refuse from purchasing Russian electricity, as Minsk failed to agree with Russia about the price. This was stated by energy Minister Vladimir Potupchik.
That Russia and Belarus have not agreed about the cost of energy imports, Potupchik said during a speech in the Belarusian Parliament, reports news Agency “BelTA”.
“I came to the conclusion that we weren’t going to buy it on prices Russia, and will replace its own production. Already in 2018 we fully refuse from the import of electricity,” the Minister said.
Deputy head of the government Vladimir Semashko, in turn, noted that the first unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant will be commissioned in 2019 and the second in 2020. Thus, Minsk will be able not only to abandon the purchase of electricity from abroad, but also to consider the possibility of exports, said Deputy Prime Minister.
Earlier the Republic”s authorities were planning to refuse to import electricity to 2020, saying such a decision the commissioning of blocks of the Belarusian NPP under construction.
In March, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko demanded of scientists to invent a new energy source. “So we not on my knees crawling even before our brethren, pleading with them and begging for a ton of oil or cubic meter of gas”, — said the politician.