The prime ministers of the three Baltic international locations agreed Thursday to hurry up their nations’ disconnection from Russia’s energy grid by practically one yr and join with the continental European power community by February 2025
TALLINN, Estonia — The prime ministers of the three Baltic international locations agreed Thursday to hurry up their nations’ disconnection from Russia’s energy grid by practically one yr and join with the continental European power community by February 2025.
In a joint declaration, Kaja Kallas, Krisjanis Karins and Ingrida Simonyte – the leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, respectively – pledged the international locations would full the decoupling as quickly because the technical capability was in place.
“The shifted geopolitical scenario, ensuing from the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, has additionally considerably deteriorated the power safety scenario within the area and elevated the dangers of unplanned de-synchronization of the Baltic states’ electrical energy techniques” from the Russian grid, the three prime ministers stated.
The Baltic international locations, which was once a part of the Soviet Union, don’t at present purchase electrical energy from Russia however stay bodily related to the Russian energy grid.
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland agreed with the European Union’s govt fee in 2019 to coordinate on connecting the Baltic nations to the EU’s by the tip of 2025.
Nonetheless, Russia’s struggle in Ukraine led the three international locations to work collectively to hurry up the mission.
The settlement introduced Thursday represented a compromise. Lithuania had favored an power exit in early 2024, citing Moscow’s unreliability and its aggression in Ukraine. Estonia’s authorities resisted a faster cutoff, saying it lacked the required technical capabilities and may expertise electrical energy blackouts if the transition occurred too quickly.