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.
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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.

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