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Frans Timmermans, first vice-president of the European Commission currently on a visit in Vilnius, has again urged Belarus to conduct internationally-monitored stress tests of the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant currently under construction close to Lithuania.
Frans Timmermans
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"We need to make sure that people very close to the EU build nuclear power plants, that this is done according to the strictest security rules," the commissioner told Vilnius journalists after meeting with Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.

"So we want to be able to have an internationally-monitored stress – test of that nuclear power plant in Belarus," he added.

Stress tests check a power plant's resistance under the worst possible operating conditions.