Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda's aspiration to develop ties with Belarus does not reflect any major change in Lithuania's foreign policy and is more of a tactical move, says his adviser Asta Skaisgiryte, leading the foreign policy group.
Aleksandras Lukašenka
© AFP / Scanpix

In her words, it’s too soon to speak about the existence of any conditions to try and resume relations with the neighboring country at the top-level, for example, by inviting Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to Vilnius.

"I don’t know if we now have conditions to invite President Lukashenko to Vilnius. Communication with Belarus doesn’t' necessarily mean the invitation of President Lukashenko as we can communicate well at the working level, what the (Lithuanian) president has said on numerous occasions. The cooperation of our border, transport and customs services is necessary and is totally pragmatic and work-related. Do we need to show political gestures only the future will show," Skaisgiryte told the Ziniu Radijas news radio on Tuesday.

The chief presidential adviser also said Nauseda wants "to employ classic diplomacy" in Belarus; case. "We need diplomats to have connections there and information on what is going on in Belarus. I believe these tactical moves in now way determine any major change in Lithuania's foreign policy," Skaisgiryte said.

In her words, Lithuania cannot ignore the facts that it has the longest border with Belarus, and also that the Astravyets nuclear power plant is under construction in Belarus, some 50 km from the Lithuanian border.

"We cannot forget that painful issue of the Astravyets nuclear power plant as it doesn't disappear anywhere. Despite all of Lithuania's effort over the past decade, that power plant has been built and it seems that nuclear fuel will be brought in this or next year and it will be launched," she said.

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

President presents awards to Jews savers (1)

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Friday presented Life Saving Cross awards to people who saved...

Lithuania considers sending troops to Strait of Hormuz

Lithuania is considering sending troops to the Strait of Hormuz to contribute to an international...

New rotation of Lithuanian army instructors leaves for Ukraine

The 11th rotation of Lithuanian army instructors was seen off to Ukraine on Thursday to take part...

Probe: foreigner center staff hold children behind bars, lack language skills

The staff of Lithuania's detention center for illegal migrants do not speak foreign languages,...

EP calls for countering Russia's attempts to whitewash Soviet crimes

The European Parliament called on the European Commission on Thursday to counter Russia's attempts...