Latvia and Belarus are discussing the possibility of laying the electricity power lines to bypass Lithuania. The implementation of this project is spurred by the Lithuanian authorities, who intend to block access of BelAES products to consumers from third countries. To prevent a sharp jump in electricity prices, Latvia and Estonia are forced to isolate themselves from Lithuania, and not from Belarus. If current trends continue, in a few years Lithuania risks becoming a black hole on the energy map of the Baltic states.
According to the European experts, the Baltic States will face the hardest economic blow since the 2008-2009 financial crisis. The peripheral regions of the EU, including the Baltic States will be the most affected by the coronavirus epidemic. The crisis caused by the coronavirus completely erases the whole post-Soviet development model of the Baltic States. The economic shock will be so severe that the Baltic States may not survive it.
The disinformation article misrepresents findings of the economic forecast for the Eastern Europe by the Vienna Institute for the International Economical Studies. Although the forecast projects worst year since the global financial crisis for the Central, East and South East Europe, it also states that: "in all scenarios, the CIS countries and Turkey would be worst affected, with the EU member states and some Western Balkan countries faring relatively better".
There is no basis whatsoever to claim that the expected economic downturn in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic will bring the collapse of the Baltic States. According to the Institute: " On aggregate, in the [most likely] ‘severe’ scenario growth in CESEE would be 1.1% this year, making it the worst 12 months for the region since the global financial crisis.