The shutdown of the 2nd block of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) is planned on 31 December 2009. It is not yet clear on when and whether a new NPP would be constructed. According to estimations of the Energy Institute, by 2010 capacity of all power stations operating in the country would reach 2857 MW and meet the national demand. However, by 2015, i.e. the year of construction of a new Visaginas Nuclear Power Plant, Lithuania might experience lack of electric power. This might be predetermined by restricted energy import possibilities and insufficient capacities of the gas pipeline from Russia, which is sometimes referred to as an unreliable energy partner. Thus, situation in the Lithuanian energy sector is quite problematic and perspectives for its improvement are vague.
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine filed a lawsuit in the UN International Court of Justice against Russia within the framework of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, says the site of the Foreign Minister. This is done on the instructions of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, issued on 16 January.
Alexander Lukashenko on 9 January signed a decree № 8 "On the establishment of visa-free entry and exit of foreign nationals." The document establishes visa-free entry to Belarus for a period not exceeding 5 days at the entrance through the checkpoint "National Airport Minsk" for citizens of 80 countries, - reported the press service of the President of Belarus.