Lithuanian foreign minister on Minsk talks: promises were broken before, why should this time be different
Thursday, February 12, 2015
As four-way peace talks over the conflict in Ukraine have been ongoing in Minsk, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius believes the main task is to reach an agreement on the control of the international border between Ukraine and Russia.
Poland does not discount the possibility of supplying weapons to Ukraine, but at this stage supports diplomatic efforts to resolve the ongoing conflict, Polish Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said in Vilnius on Wednesday.
The European Union's (EU) foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says that the French and German leaders attending the Minsk talks on peace in Ukraine on Wednesday will speak on the EU's behalf, emphasizing the historic responsibility of the talks.
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Loreta Graužinienė says she does not have high hopes for the Minsk peace talks, which are starting on Wednesday and will focus on working out a solution for Russia's undeclared war on Ukraine.
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If Moscow forced Minsk to export its oil products via Russian railways and ports, that would be economically unviable and dangerous for Belarus, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that Vilnius and Warsaw are gradually moving to a new stage of better relations and hopes that Lithuanian politicians will solve the highly contentious issue of the spelling of Polish names in Lithuanian personal documents.
The leaked recordings of conversations between Poland's former foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski and then CEO of oil company Orlen, Jacek Krawiec, about investments in Mažeikiai oil refinery in Lithuania do not reflect the position of the current Polish government, Warsaw said on Wednesday.