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2015.09.08 13:45

Feedback on the Estonian Minister’s Statements on Rail Baltica

LRT2015.09.08 13:45

Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius and  Minister of Transport and Communications RIMANTAS SINKEVICIUS comment on the Estonian Minister’s Statements on Rail Baltica

RIMANTAS SINKEVICIUS, Minister of Transport and Communications:
 

I would like to explain situation a little bit, after my Estonian colleague's statements. I had a conversation today with him on the telephone. He says that his statement was not ill-intentioned, that it was accidental, and he apologizes. The apology is accepted as far as I am concerned, because, independently from the rhetoric, implementation of the project is far more important.

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RIMANTAS SINKEVICIUS, Minister of Transport and Communications:
 

I think that to implement such a major project, we need an extensive analysis, in order to avoid mistakes. And I think that even if some time has been lost in the process, it makes up with usury for mistakes that could have taken place. 

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RIMANTAS SINKEVICIUS, Minister of Transport and Communications:
 

I am not sure of the motives that induced our Estonian counterparts to raise this issue. It came as a surprise to me, but they, probably, have their own considerations, such as the costs of the additional 100 kilometres of the European track.
 

Reporter asks:

What would be the amount in question?
 

R. Sinkevičius: We’ll know for sure when the project is implemented. Roughly, could be about 1 billion Litas

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RIMANTAS SINKEVICIUS, Minister of Transport and Communications:
 

Again, the deadline as set by the European Parliament is close at hand.  So the plan is to launch the project during the current Parliament’s and current European Union Government’s or Commission’s term. Still, I would like to stress that neither Estonia, nor Latvia can join European rail tracks without Lithuania. It is very important for all of us to understand that. And we do understand that.


ALGIRDAS BUTKEVICIUS, Lithuanian Prime Minister:
 

I must admit I was somewhat surprised, because I’ve known Minister Parts since our meeting in Klaipėda, in 2006, and even more surprising to me was his undiplomatic statement and rhetoric. I think that sometimes hard work results in irresponsible words.

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ALGIRDAS BUTKEVICIUS, Lithuanian Prime Minister:
 

I will know the answer in the nearest future. I also hope that on the 3rd of February, at the Council of Prime Ministers in Tallinn where I am going to participate, we will definitely achieve a final political solution.

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