Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius says that the country's exporters could look for new markets in Asia and Arab countries.
Linas Linkevičius
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In an interview to the radio Žinių Radijas on Thursday, the head of the Lithuanian diplomacy said that new markets were emerging for business; however, he declined to specify them.

"A week ago, some possibilities where to export turned out already. It is not at a close distance, maybe a larger distance, less traditional, less common. The search for markets is peculiar in this that it is necessary to look for both traditional and non-traditional directions. A week ago, additional directions for exporting meat and fish emerged. I speak about the Arab, Asian countries," said Linkevičius.

According to the minister, Lithuanian diplomatic representations are actively involved in searching for new markets. Next week the Government will analyse proposals submitted by ministries regarding the mitigation of the effects of the Russian sanctions, legalisation of ritual slaughter to facilitate meat exports to Muslim countries and Israel. It is also expected to learn about the decision of the European Commission regarding intervention buying.

As the entire European Union is subject to the Russian food imports embargo, Linkevičius suggested looking for a common solution, including sanctions via the World Trade Organization, which is planned by the European Commission.

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