The European Union's (EU) foreign policy chief cannot be “openly pro-Kremlin,” Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė says. Grybauskaitė is Saturday attending an EU summit in Brussels, which should focus on the Ukraine crisis and heads of institutions. Italy's Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini is listed as the most likely candidate for EU foreign policy chief.
Federica Mogherini, Catherine Ashton
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"Lithuania's position has been and will be that it has to be an experienced person, a person capable of finding a consensus within the EU on international issues," the Lithuanian president told journalists.

Lithuania, the other two Baltic states and Poland are critical about the candidate due to what they say lack of experience and possibly pro-Russian stance, however, diplomats maintain the Italian minister should secure additional support. If approved, she would replace Catherine Ashton of Great Britain in the position.

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