2021.10.20 15:30

Lithuania not a suitable mediator in EU-Poland row – FM

BNS2021.10.20 15:30

Vilnius is unlikely to serve as a mediator in the dispute between Poland and the EU, Lithuania's foreign minister has commented.

Responding to President Gitanas Nausėda's earlier comments that the Warsaw-Brussels disagreements could be resolved via mediation, Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis welcomed the suggestion.

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“I believe mediation is a very good proposal, the right direction,” Landsbergis told reporters on Wednesday.

However, the president's proposal that Lithuania could act as a mediator might not receive support in the EU, the minister said, adding that due to its close ties with Warsaw, Vilnius might be viewed as biased.

“I am not sure Lithuania could be that mediator. I believe we are viewed in the EU as a little biased due to our historic ties and strategic partnership with Poland,” the Lithuanian foreign minister said.

Earlier this month, Poland's Constitutional Tribunal rejected the principle of supremacy of EU law over national laws, ruling that some articles of the EU treaty run counter to the country's constitution.

Speaking after Tuesday's meeting with visiting Polish President Andrzej Duda, President Nausėda said the ongoing dispute between Poland and the European Union over the primacy of EU law could be bad for everyone. He also said that Lithuania was ready to act as a mediator.

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