aA
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hopes that meetings with the Baltic states' leaders will help to change the European Union's attitudes towards Israel.
Benjamin Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu
© AFP/Scanpix

Ahead of his four-day visit to Lithuania, Netanyahu said Europe's existing position towards his country is "not always friendly ".

"I am also interested in balancing the not always friendly EU approach toward the State of Israel, in order to achieve an approach that is more fair and genuine to the State of Israel," the Israeli prime minister told journalists at the airport before leaving for Lithuania.

The EU strongly criticizes Israel over the expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinians territories.

Netanyahu said ahead of this his flight to Lithuania that the invitation to a meeting of the Baltic prime ministers, " reflects Israel's growing stature around the world".

The Israeli prime minister said he was interested in closer economic and political ties with the Baltic states.

Traditionally, Lithuania is among the staunchest diplomatic supporters of Israel in Europe but diplomats have lately been forces to balance between different EU and US opinions.

Netanyahu plans to pay attention to the history of Lithuanian Jews during his visit.

"Beyond this, during the visit to Lithuania I will, of course, recall the splendid Jewish community that was there, its great heights and the abyss of the tragedy of the Holocaust. There is also a personal aspect to this. The families of my parents – of blessed memory – came from Lithuania at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th; I am making this visit also for this," the Israeli prime minister said.

Netanyahu will be received by Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis later on Thursday, and they will be joined by the Latvian and Estonian prime minister on Friday. A separate meeting with President Dalia Grybauskaitė is also planned.

On Sunday, the Israeli prime minister is scheduled to meet with members of the Jewish community at the synagogue in Vilnius.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

Lithuania mulls setting up virtual flag airline

The Lithuanian Transport Ministry proposes to set up a virtual flag carrier to reduce the country's...

Lithuania provides assistance to Belarus to fight COVID-19

On 3 June, in response to Belarus’ request for international assistance, the Government adopted a...

Foreign minister: EU's external borders unlikely to open until late June

The European Union 's external borders may remain closed until late June, Lithuanian Foreign...

3 new coronavirus cases in Lithuania

On Wednesday, 3 new COVID-19 cases were detected in Lithuania. Overall, Lithuania has already...

Lithuania gives nod to relaunch flights to 3 more countries

The government on Wednesday gave the green light for airlines to relaunch regular flights from...

Top news

Foreign minister: EU's external borders unlikely to open until late June

The European Union 's external borders may remain closed until late June, Lithuanian Foreign...

Lithuania mulls setting up virtual flag airline

The Lithuanian Transport Ministry proposes to set up a virtual flag carrier to reduce the country's...

Colombian student in Vilnius: once you go to other countries, you open a door that may be difficult to close

Colombian student Jorge Andres Agudelo Zuniga came to Vilnius in 2018 for studies via Australia. He...

Actor Gediminas Girdvainis passes away

Lithuanian theater and film actor Gediminas Girdvainis died at the age of 76 on Wednesday, the head...

3 new coronavirus cases in Lithuania

On Wednesday, 3 new COVID-19 cases were detected in Lithuania. Overall, Lithuania has already...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina