LITHUANIA is trying to pressure the European Union into paying it massive financial support for decommissioning Ignalina nuclear power plant by 2009, which Brussels is demanding as a condition for allowing Vilnius to join the EU. In ongoing accession negotiations, Lithuania claims it cannot afford to carry out the work, estimating that it will cost Euro 3 billion. Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus(CORRECT SPELLING) has said that his government cannot agree to the closure of the second reactor at Ignalina until funding from the EU is ...

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