WARSAW, Poland, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus arrived in the Polish city of Gdansk Monday for a two-day visit that will focus on, among other things, energy.
Both nations, which are new members of the European Union, are wary of Russia’s energy influence on the bloc. Russia, the world’s No. 2 oil producer and No. 1 gas producer, supplies the EU with more than 20 percent of its energy needs.
Recent cuts in supplies to former Russian allies have led to fears -- especially in Poland, which was in the Soviet bloc during the Cold War -- that Russia may be using its energy as a weapon in its quest to regain global dominance.
Adamkus and his Polish counterpart, Lech Kaczynski, were also to discuss the joint construction of a nuclear power station in Ignalina, Lithuania.