Lithuania vowed on Wednesday to support Ireland on the border issue in Brexit negotiations.
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The future status of the border between EU member Ireland and Northern Ireland, which will leave the bloc as part of the UK, is one of the most difficult issues in the talks on a Brexit deal between Brussels and London.

"We expressed our solidarity with Ireland in the context of Brexit, understanding that their situation -- geographically, historically and traditionally -- regarding relations with the United Kingdom is such that we don't want it to be messed up and we don't want a hard border between the United Kingdom and Ireland," Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Wednesday.

He spoke to reporters after a meeting with Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney in Vilnius.

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned last week that the Irish border issue could derail a Brexit deal.

Britain plans to officially leave the bloc on March 29, 2019.

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