2019.09.06 09:30

Lithuania thanks Poland for support in Belarus' nuclear plant dispute

BNS 2019.09.06 09:30

Lithuania and Poland share not only a common past but also a common future, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Thursday after meeting his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz in Warsaw. Linkevičius also thanked Warsaw for its support on Belarus' nuclear plant issue.

"We are grateful for Poland's political support for the synchronization of the power networks," said Linkevičius. "We greatle value Poland's support in not buying power from the Astravyets nuclear power plant."

"We continue close cooperation in the area of defence [and] share [the same] views on challenges and threats in the eastern neighborhood," Linkevičius said in press release.

The improvement of conditions for ethnic minorities in both countries and their education situation were also discussed during the meeting.

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"We have resolved many issues regarding the education of Lithuanian Poles in recent years, and common recommendations for the education of ethnic minorities will be signed shortly," Linkevičius said, also adding that textbooks printed in Poland could soon be used in primary classes in ethnic minority schools.

The Lithuanian foreign minister also expressed hope that processes will be stepped up to open a Lithuanian kindergarten in Poland's Suwalki with a substantial Lithuanian minority, and plans to end Lithuanian language studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow would be reconsidered.

Also on Thursday, Linkevičius and his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto addressed the annual conference of Polish ambassadors.

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