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2021.08.05 09:20

Lithuanian president gears up for migration talks with Turkey’s Erdogan

BNS2021.08.05 09:20

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda says he's ready to discuss ways to resolve the migration crisis in Lithuania with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"I am ready to talk to Turkish leader Erdogan but I also need certain negotiating arguments for that, and I hope to have them soon," the president said in an interview published by the 15min.lt news website on Wednesday.

Nausėda says without negotiating arguments the discussion result "can be disappointing", refusing to give more details.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis paid a visit to Ankara in mid July. He said then Turkey was ready to cut the number of flights to Belarus, identify migrants, as well as investigate and block their travel routes.

So far this year, Lithuanian border guards have detained more than 4,000 people, mostly Iraqi nationals.

Lithuanian officials blame the Belarusian regime for the unprecedented migration influx, describing it as "hybrid aggression”.

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