Sergey Kondratiev, Deputy Head of the Economic Department commented to Sputnik Lithuania on the export of electricity to Lithuania.
On Tuesday, the Lithuanian operator of the gas transmission system Amber Grid, at the request of the Russian Gazprom, temporarily suspended the transit of gas from Lithuania to Kaliningrad. The reasons for the suspension of transit are not specified. On Wednesday it became known that transit was resumed.
In an interview with Sputnik Lithuania, senior expert of the Institute for Energy and Finance Sergey Kondratiev noted that Lithuanian politicians and experts have been making many contradictory statements lately. He recalled that Russia has repeatedly stressed that it is not going to disconnect anyone from gas or electricity systems.
According to Kondratiev, the BRELL system is more beneficial for Lithuania than synchronization with the networks of continental Europe, but Vilnius, well aware of the consequences of its policy, intends to turn into an energy outskirts of Eastern Europe.
“Just the Lithuanian authorities several times proposed to be disconnected from the BRELL energy ring in order to actually immerse the Kaliningrad region of Russia in a blockade. And the actions that Russia took <...> are connected with this, as well as these tests. Because, indeed, in conditions when the authorities of a neighboring country declare the possibility, and, in principle, the desire to disconnect itself from the general power system, it is necessary to test what will happen in this case, and to prevent a scenario in which residents of the Kaliningrad region will face difficulties, will face blackout," he said.
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