The Lithuanian State Defence Council recommended the country continue to supply electricity to Belarus in spite of mounting debts.

Belarus owes Lithuanian Energy $94 million but plans to repay the debt by the summer. The country takes 90 per cent of Lithuanian power exports.

The income from the export of power keeps power prices stable in Lithuania. In 1998 Lithuanian Energy exported 6466 GWh, of which 6287 GWh was delivered to Belarus. Lithuania is still integrated into the Russian energy network and cannot export power to the west.