Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Moscow was ready to cooperate with Lithuania based "on principles of respect to each other”, according to the Interfax news agency.
"It appears that our interaction with Lithuania could be more active and multifaceted, especially bearing in mind that we are close neighbours," Putin said during the accreditation ceremony of new foreign ambassadors to Russia, including Eitvydas Bajarūnas from Lithuania.
"We stand ready for cooperation based on principles of neighbourliness and respect to each other and would like to see the same approach by our Lithuanian counterparts,” the Russian president was quoted as saying by Interfax.
According to Russian media reports, Putin personally accepted foreign ambassadors’ credentials for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
The ceremony was also attended by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the presidential adviser on foreign policy, Yuri Ushakov, according to the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry.
Lithuania’s new ambassador to Russia, Eitvydas Bajarūnas, assumed his position in Moscow on May 4. He previously served as Lithuania's ambassador to Sweden and the country's consul general in Saint Petersburg.
Remigijus Motuzas served as Lithuania's ambassador to Russia until January 2020.