Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius will visit Israel next week in order to discuss cooperation in the energy sector, reports Israeli news website
Algirdas Butkevičius
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Lithuania, which seeks to reduce its energy dependence on Russian imports, is looking for new sources for buying gas.

The details of the Lithuanian visit in Israel were set a few weeks ago, with the main topic on the agenda being Israel's natural gas.

For decades, Lithuania relied on Russian gas, but against the background of political tensions between Russia and the West, Lithuania has little trust in Russia. Relations between Lithuania and Russia are in the lowest point over the last decade.

In 2014, Lithuania bought a large tanker for liquefied natural gas (LNG) which provides an alternative to importing Russian gas via land pipelines. The huge vessel, which can accommodate about 170 thousand cubic metres of natural gas, allows to ship LNG from any supplier in the world, including Israel.

Lithuania is currently considered one of Israel's friendliest countries in Europe which has been critical of Israel's ongoing occupation of the Palestinian territories. This is reflected in the strengthening of economic and diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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