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Atomic Plant at EU’s Border Spooks Leaders Amid Risk Warning

  • EU set to call for ban of electricity imports from Belarus
  • Lithuania has warned of growing risks at Belarus nuclear plant
Lithuanian police during an emergency drill amid concerns over the nuclear plant in Belarus.

Lithuanian police during an emergency drill amid concerns over the nuclear plant in Belarus.

Photographer: Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty Images

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The European Union is set to call for a ban of electricity imports from Belarus, after Lithuania warned the bloc’s leaders of growing risks from a newly built nuclear-power plant plagued with safety mishaps.

Lithuania has long complained to Europe about potential threats at the Russian-built Astravets facility after a string of accidents during construction and attempts to conceal them. The plant’s opening comes 34 years after the Soviet Union’s Chernobyl meltdown in neighboring Ukraine made a wide swath of land uninhabitable, killed dozens of people outright and left thousands more with lingering, often fatal, health problems.