The appointment of Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk as the new President of the European Council and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini as High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy was a compromise solution, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius says.
Linas Linkevičius
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"It was undoubtedly the result of a compromise since various interests and positions are coordinated. There are many aspects, and attempts are made to ensure that if one side gets a position in one area, then the other side is compensated in another," the minister told the national radio LRT on Monday.

People are changing, he said, recalling the case of ex-NATO Secretary General Javier Solana.

"I would remind you the episode when Solana, a member of the Spanish parliament, voted against the country's NATO membership and was later the Alliance's secretary general. The position also makes you look for compromises and coordinate interests of everyone. I do believe Frederica Mogherini will try to do that and we will help her," Linkevičius said.

On Saturday, EU leaders decided on Tusk's appointment as the new president of the European Council and they also chose Mogherini as the new EU foreign policy chief.

Lithuania had criticized the Italian candidate for her lack of experience and pro-Russian stance.

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