Lithuania must "clean" itself of Rosatom, NSGK chair says
Lithuania must make principled decisions and "clean" the county of companies incompatible with national security interests, Vytautas Bakas, chairman of the Seimas Committee on National Security and Defense [NSGK] says.
According to Bakas, one of the key parts of the NSGK probe into business groups' influence on politics had to do with energy and Rosatom's role in Ignalina's decommissioning.
"It's important to understand that we still haven't secured energy independence. We made one step, but our second foot is still in the swamp and we cannot pull it out for years," Bakas told a press conference on Wednesday, presenting the parliamentary probe's conclusions.
There are still people in Lithuania, promoting energy dependence, he said.
"We need very brave and principled decisions to clean Lithuania of companies incompatible with national security interests. The Ministry of Energy has already refuted that myth created since 2004 that we won’t be able to decommission Ignalina without Rosatom. There are 40 companies in the world, capable of doing that. In the United States, Japan and Europe. We really can choose a friendly company," Bakas said.
Rosatom and Lithuania's MG Baltic business group, owned by Darius Mockus, have joint interests in the upcoming multimillion project on the construction of Ignalina nuclear plant's disposal facility, the NSGK states after investigating business groups' influence on politics.
The tender for the construction of the facility is set to be called later this year.
According to the NSGK, representatives of Rosatom, German company Nukem, controlled by Rosatom, and MG Baltic had non-transparent ties with politicians, state officials and head of enterprises and allegedly had influence on state institutions making decisions and implementing projects at the strategic enterprise.