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2015.09.08 13:45

Lithuanian and Estonian foreign ministers discuss energy and security

DELFI.lt2015.09.08 13:45

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met on Friday, 28 November, with new Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, who arrived in Lithuania for her first working visit. Bilateral and regional co-operation, security and energy issues were discussed during the meeting, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met on Friday, 28 November, with new Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, who arrived in Lithuania for her first working visit. Bilateral and regional co-operation, security and energy issues were discussed during the meeting, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

"Co-operation with Estonia and other countries in the region is one of the priorities of Lithuania," Linkevičius stated.

Officials noted that integration of the Baltic states into the European energy system was underway; the liquefied natural gas terminal in Klaipėda, as well as the planned gas pipeline connection between Estonia and Finland, were very important factors in creating the regional gas market.

The Lithuanian minister underlined the necessity to support Ukraine in every possible way and to encourage it to implement the necessary reforms; he also urged to continue to have a common position with respect to Russia.

"It is only by acting in solidarity that we shall be able to defend our common interests and values," the Lithuanian foreign minister noted.

During the meeting an ever-growing significance of information security was underlined. Linkevičius noted that only actively co-operating and offering the attractive alternatives would the two countries be able to outweigh the widely spread propaganda of the Kremlin.

Linkevičius also presented the priorities of Lithuania's presidency in the Baltic Council of Ministers. In 2015, Lithuania is taking over the chairmanship from Estonia.