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2016.05.19 10:20

Romania and Lithuania strengthen bilateral relations

Algirdas Acus 2016.05.19 10:20

Romanian President paid a state visit to Lithuania on Wednesday criticizing the EU plan to impose sanctions on refusing to take refugees.

Romanian President paid a state visit to Lithuania on Wednesday criticizing the EU plan to impose sanctions on refusing to take refugees.

The visit of President Klaus Iohannis was aimed at consolidating the co-operation between Romania and Lithuania, especially with regard to security issues.

‘We as well as Romania know what we need from our NATO partners,’ said Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė stressing that relevant steps in ensuring Eastern Allies security have already been made.

Klaus Iohannis commenting on a recent anti-missile shield base opened in Romania reassured it was not aimed at Russia.

Iohannis has also criticized a recent initiative of the European Commission to impose fines on countries that refuse to take refugees, under the revised EU asylum laws.

‘We should not focus on sanctions solution as it never helps’, concluded Iohannis noting that Romania is willing to accept refugees when necessary.

‘There cannot be any compulsory schemes’, pointed out his Lithuanian counterpart Grybauskaitė.

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Sound bite (Lithuanian)

DALIA GRYBAUSKAITĖ, President of Lithuania:
As well as Romania we know what we need. Our requests are based on regional specificity and they are clearly formulated to our NATO partners. All those suggestions are thoroughly discussed, and relevant steps have already been taken.

Sound bite (Romanian)

KLAUS IOHANNIS, President of Romania:
(Translation from Lithuanian translator) Russian rhetoric is now to blame NATO and Romania for the system that has been installed, and it is Russian strategy that is aimed to show NATO system as constructed against Russia. However the shield is not aimed at Russia, and we will repeat that because this is the case.

Sound bite (Lithuania)

DALIA GRYBAUSKAITĖ, President of Lithuania:
There cannot be any compulsory schemes. You can neither force countries to accept migrants nor can you force migrants to go where they do not wish to go. Therefore I see this last initiative of the European Commission as highly negative. It does not consolidate and does not enable looking for joint solutions, but puts countries against each other.

Sound bite (Romanian)

KLAUS IOHANNIS, President of Romania:
(Translation from Lithuanian translator) We tend to accept migrants when there is a need, however I think that the way to deal with this problem is to seek positive solutions and not focus on negative sanctions. It doesn’t work.