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2019.09.24 14:31

Lithuanian, Belarusian ministers to hold talks during UN General Assembly

BNS2019.09.24 14:31

Following calls by Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda for dialogue with Minsk, Lithuanian and Belarusian foreign ministers are planning to hold bilateral talks in New York during UN General Assembly.

Rasa Jakilaitienė, spokeswoman for Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, confirmed to BNS on Tuesday that a bilateral meeting between the two ministers was scheduled for Wednesday.

Both of them are in New York for the UN General Assembly.

President Gitanas Nausėda told BNS in an interview earlier this month that he would seek to gradually reopen dialogue with Belarus, saying it was important for Lithuania that the neighboring country remains a sovereign state.

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The Lithuanian government considers proposing that Belarus import oil via Lithuania to help reduce its dependence on Russian energy resources.

Lithuanian-Belarusian relations are strained over the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction close to the border and Minsk's military cooperation with Moscow.

Read more: Lithuania to hold evacuation and nuclear accident response drills in October

The United States said earlier this month that it planned to return its ambassador to Belarus after a break of ten years

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