Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says he sees no conflict with the political group of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union and its leader Ramūnas Karbauskis, pledging to include more group members in drafting of decisions in the future to facilitate smoother operations.
Saulius Skvernelis, Ramūnas Karbauskis
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He spoke in comment to the president's remarks who spoke about “rhetoric war” taking place more than 100 days after the government's accessions. She urged the prime minister, the parliamentary speaker and the LFGU leader in the parliament to settle the conflict.

"I don't see a conflict here. My position remains unchanged – the meetings that were held within the group on Monday answered many questions, the work continues and there is no need to worry," Skvernelis told BNS on Thursday.

The prime minister said he cannot say that the coalition was working well, with no objections and opinion differences within the Farmers and Greens.

"When we will need to agree on key reforms, we will probably plan other models of communication to include more group members in the process from the very beginning to avoid later explanations about what was the origin and the expected outcome," said Skvernelis.

Tensions between Skvernelis and the LFGU political group have lately heightened. The prime minister said he did not know whether the planned reforms were even possible amid opposition from the LFGU group that delegated him to the Cabinet, while Karbauskis maintains that the head of the government was too emotional. Public disputes have been observed in connection to the higher education reform planned by the government and on specific actions to curb emigration.

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