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2015.09.08 13:45

German Foreign Minister in Vilnius

Algirdas Acus 2015.09.08 13:45

German Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank Walter Steinmeier has met his Lithuanian counterpart Linas Linkevičius in Vilnius.

German Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank Walter Steinmeier has met his Lithuanian counterpart Linas Linkevičius in Vilnius.

The ministerial meeting focused on the efforts against the Russian propaganda. In a joint communique, the ministers said they agreed "to cooperate in supporting alternative Russian-speaking media," with internships for Lithuanian journalists planned in Germany.

Steinmeier has also expressed certitude that Russia will not succeed in dividing EU amid fear that Moscow may lift embargo of food from countries that are friendlier towards the Kremlin.

German Minister has also commented on situation in Eastern Ukraine.

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Soudbite (German)

FRANK WALTER STEINMEIER, German Minister of Foreign Affairs (translation based on Lithuanian translation during the answer)s:
It is possible that the attempts exist and that they will exist in the future. There were attempts to do this but they were not successful. Discussions about this are underway in Europe, but we can make common decisions. We had a discussion and the discussion was controversial, the decision has been made. I believe the attempts to divide Europe will not be successful.

Soundbite (Lithuanian)

LINAS LINKEVIČIUS, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs:

We are very thankful for Germany’s efforts in NATO air police mission, Germany is one our closest Allies, as well as for participation in implementing decisions of NATO summit in Wales. We will see a number of German soldiers in trainings here, I have to thank for all of this. Of course during this meeting we touched many topics, including contemporary threats, one of them is directly linked to media – coping with propaganda, which is becoming fiercer from the Russian side. We discussed what we can do together to improve conditions for alternative free media sources that could win over propaganda, which at the moment reaches very broad audience.

Soudbite (German)

FRANK WALTER STEINMEIER, German Minister of Foreign Affairs (translation based on Lithuanian translation during the answers):
You don't need to look for diplomatic formulas in order to discuss about it. Around 50 percent of territory is accessible for OSCE observers. There were important talks on Monday. OSCE can only do its work when they can access the territory. Who will be to blame if they won't succeed? We are not a party to conflict, we just want to find the way how to solve the situation and therefore work of OSCE must be possible, we make everything to provide opportunities for them, we provide financial support.