Lithuania and other Eastern European economies with close links with Russia could be seriously affected by a slowdown in the Russian economy or the sanctions imposed by the West against Moscow, analysts of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have said.
Gitanas Nausėda, advisor to the president of SEB Bank, claims that a slowdown in the Russian economy, triggered by various EU and US sanctions, will affect Lithuanian exports which are retail-oriented.
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.