DISINFO: Too expensive for the Baltic States to synchronise their energy grids with Europe
  • Outlet: lt.sputniknews.ru (archived)*
  • Date of publication: November 29, 2020
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 222
  • Countries / regions discussed: EU, Lithuania, Estonia, Baltic states, Latvia

DISINFO: Too expensive for the Baltic States to synchronise their energy grids with Europe


Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia together with Russia and Belarus are part of the BRELL energy ring. The Baltic States want to disconnect from this ring and synchronise their grids with the rest of Europe through Poland by 2025. Lithuania explains that want to leave BRELL to be “energetically independent from Russia” but experts say that the process of disconnecting from BRELL will be too expensive for the Baltic States, the price of electricity for users will grow.


The case is part of the Kremlin's disinformation campaign about European energy policy.

The BRELL energy ring is a Moscow-controlled grid. It is a potential threat for the Baltic States because Russia continuously uses energy politics as a foreign policy instrument.

The synchronisation of the Baltic States' energy systems with Europe is part of broader European integration. The European Union financially supports this project. The synchronisation of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia with the Continental European Network (CEN) was evaluated as the most techno-economically cost-effective one. The process of synchronisation is a cornerstone and one of the most emblematic projects of the Energy Union, a concrete expression of European solidarity in energy security.

See more cases concerning energy issues including that the LNG terminal is too expensive for Lithuania, Lithuania dooms itself to energy destitution, The concept of “energy security” has turned into an anti-Russian project.


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