Lithuania can relocate up to 50 refugees a month, but at this rate it will not be able to meet its commitment to accept 1,105 migrants under the EU's resettlement programme by the end of 2017, Interior Minister Tomas Žilinskas said on Tuesday.

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"We will not meet (our commitment) at this pace (of relocation)," he told reporters.

The minister said that no sanctions are envisaged for failure to relocate the expected number of refugees by the established deadline.

"No, there are no sanctions. Lithuania is not the only nation that is only partially meeting its commitments. Other nations are facing the same problems as Lithuania is," he said.

Žilinskas underlined that the government does not plan to expedite the resettlement process.

"Nobody is going to speed anything up and security checks in particular. The security of our state and people is paramount," he said.

Lithuania has taken in 82 refugees under the EU resettlement programme.

Brussels set the refugee quotas in an effort to ease the burden on Italy and Greece, the EU countries facing the biggest influx of migrants.

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