Alexander Lukashenko the president of Belarus, has publicly demanded compensation from Russia.
The demand comes in light of delays in the commissioning of the Belarus Nuclear Power Plant (NPP).
According to Pravda, Lukashenko was quoted saying:
"The date when the nuclear power plant will be commissioned has shifted because of Russia. Obviously we asked them for compensation in line with the agreement. There’s no need to hide this. This is nothing unusual."
In an attempt to make amends for the delay, Russia has proposed selling nuclear fuel to Belarus at the same rates it charges its own power stations.
Additionally, Russia has offered a five-year warranty on significant components of the plant as a form of compensation.
This development adds another layer to the already complex relationship between Belarus and Russia. It also raises questions about Belarus' energy security and the broader implications for regional energy politics.
Lukashenko's announcement comes shortly after he recently urged Russia and Ukraine to observe a ceasefire and come to the negotiating table. Read more about this below.