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2015.09.21 09:53

EU's Mogherini paying first visit to Vilnius

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini will pay her first official visit to Lithuania on Monday.

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini will pay her first official visit to Lithuania on Monday.

Mogherini is scheduled to meet with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Speaker of the Seimas Loreta Graužinienė, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius, the foreign and national defence ministers and members of the Seimas, the European Commission Representation in Lithuania said on Thursday.

The Lithuanian president and the EU foreign policy chief will discuss possible solutions to the refugee problem, Lithuania's capabilities and preparations to accept refugees. The meeting will also touch upon the situation in Ukraine, the future of the Eastern Partnership, possibilities to introduce a visa free regime for Ukraine and Georgia as of the next year ad the EU-Russian relations.

According to the Lithuanian presidential office, Grybauskaitė and Mogherini also plan to discuss the EU response to disinformation spread by Russia. Lithuania is one of the EU member states that have proposed creating an EU strategic communication team.

The EU foreign policy chief will also attend a discussion with representatives of NGOs, economic, foreign and security policy experts, organized by European Commission Representation in Lithuania.

Mogherini and Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius will also hold a joint press conference.

Mogherini planned to come to Vilnius in the middle of July but the visit was later postponed due to the protracted talks on Iran's nuclear program.
 

BNS