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2014.04.22 16:06

Butkevičius: Lithuania must be rational, principled with Russia

BNS | DELFI | The Lithuania Tribune2014.04.22 16:06

(BNS) Lithuania will take a rational but principled position in defining relations with Russia, Lithuania’s Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius said Tuesday.

 (BNS) Lithuania will take a rational but principled position in defining relations with Russia, Lithuania’s Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius said Tuesday.

In his Cabinet’s annual report to the Seimas, Butkevicius said, “[The] people of Lithuania have a lot of questions today on how we are going to live tomorrow, what our relations with neighbouring Russia will be, as our businesses have many interests in the country and we have consistently aimed at improving relations with Russia. We will take a rational but principled position.”

“I can assure you that the government of Lithuania will defend Lithuania’s business interests, those who have chosen the Eastern European direction, but business people themselves should evaluate risks involving this profitable market. People who see international relations only through the prism of big profits cannot really hope our state policy will follow them,” he said.

According to Butkevicius, being aware of potential threats to the exporting business, the government is making every effort to step up exports diversification by looking for new markets.

“The government plans to allocate 200 million litas (EUR 57.7 million) from the EU structural aid from the new financial perspective to promoting exports by encouraging businesses to look into such markets as the United States, Japan, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Norway, Kazakhstan, the Republic of South Africa and other countries. Unused funds from the last financial period will be also used for supporting business,” the Prime Minister said.

Under the Statute of the Seimas, the Cabinet submits its annual report to all ministers with an opportunity for questions from members of the Seimas.

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