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2021.09.16 15:15

Lithuanian president discusses migration with German chancellor

BNS2021.09.16 15:15

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda had a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and discussed migration and security issues on Thursday.

“Migration is the number one issue today. We informed [Merkel] about what we have achieved recently, what tactics we are following, how important it is to build a wall and to create a physical barrier, because this is, after all, the external border of the European Union, and the European Union understands this factor very well,” Nausėda, who is on a working visit to Germany, said in a comment forwarded by his office.

The German chancellor mentioned that Germany was facing a large flow of migrants, too, according to Nausėda.

“The issue of migration continues to be very important and we need to find solutions together,” he said.

The Lithuanian president told the German leader that Vilnius planned to push for a renewal of the EU's migration policy at the European Council's meeting in October.

On Thursday, the two leaders also discussed security and military cooperation.

“This is particularly important at this difficult time, when we are faced with hybrid attacks and also see the military drills that are being finalised this week, Zapad 21,” the president said.

The two leaders also discussed energy matters, with a particular focus on energy independence from third countries and on Belarus' nuclear power plant and efforts to bar access to the EU internal market for its electricity, according to the press release.

Vilnius says the facility in Astravyets, close to the countries' shared border, fails to meet international safety and environmental standards, an allegation that Minsk denies.

The president and the chancellor also discussed relations with Russia, the EU's Eastern Partnership policy, and support for Ukraine's Euro-integration aspirations.

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