News2019.06.19 08:59

Nausėda and Linkevičius discuss upcoming Poland visit

Ignas Jačauskas, BNS 2019.06.19 08:59

Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius met with President-elect Gitanas Nausėda on Tuesday to discuss the latter's upcoming first visit to Poland.

According to Linkevičius, other planned visits were also discussed during the meeting.

“We need to plan the program and meetings as there are detailed protocol things and it will be the first visit. We have work to do. Themes are traditional, since we have many things in common, including defence, security, energy, power interconnections, synchronization, gas interconnections, our active communities have questions,” Linkevičius told journalists after the meeting.

Nausėda will go to Poland for his first official visit on July 16, soon after his inauguration on July 12.

According to Linkevičius, in addition to Poland, the Baltic states, EU and NATO countries will be among the president-elect's priority destinations.

The foreign minister also said he did not expect “strategic changes” in Lithuania's foreign policy once the new president assumed his position, but there might be some “tactical observations”.

“There are new thoughts, but he will speak about them when he wishes to. (…) There will hardly be any new destinations. But there might be some different methods of communication,” Linkevičius said.

Commenting on the Belarusian opposition's Tuesday letter to Nausėda, Linkevičius said Lithuania “does not have any illusions” about relations with Belarus.

“It is no secret that we assist the opposition, and everything is happening. But we have ties with a state which is our neighbor, where we have one of the longest borders, the EU's external border, where we do trade and they export their goods via our port. So we need to see not only the power plant, we need to see the whole picture,” he said.

The head of foreign policy also said Nausėda's team expressed wish to have regular consultations on foreign policy issues, so there might be more meetings of the foreign minister and the president-elect.

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