Baltics plan to exit Russian electricity network before 2025

The Baltic States plan to withdraw from the Russian electricity network BRELL and synchronize with the European network by 2025 at latest, LETA reported March 8.

Ilze Indriksone, parliamentary secretary of the Economics Ministry (EM) said at the Saeima Public Expenses and Audit Committee meeting Tuesday that all the Baltics have agreed that the project should not wait until 2025 and should be implemented sooner.

Indriksone said that the Economics Minister Jānis Vitenbergs has 'asked that Europe support [the plan] and that the solutions are implemented faster'.

Faster exit would require additional funds but would ensure safer electricity supply this year already. Currently the Baltic States, along with Russia and Belarus, depend on the post-Soviet system known as the BRELL regulated in Russia.

Indriksone also said that in a critical scenario, Latvenergo could replace Latvijas Gāze  in the gas supply. Latvenergo has purchased two vessels of liquefied natural gas. However, currently there is no risk that Russia would disconnect Latvian gas supply, said Indriksone.

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