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Lithuania: Power from Russia

Two decades after Lithuania achieved independence from the Soviet Union, the Baltic country is still largely reliant on Russia for its power supply. But, with the help of the EU, Lithuania hopes to become more energy self-reliant.

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A terminal for LNG tankers in the Port of Klaipėda is to supply Lithuanian citizens with natural gas. They're to receive it through pipelines which previously belonged to Russian energy giant Gazprom. Thanks to EU legislation, in future domestic firms will also be able to control the power grid, and sell electricity and gas at lower prices. Russia's President Vladimir Putin is angered by the changes and has accused the EU of "expropriation".