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Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius says the number of refugees that could be relocated to Lithuania will become clear after the meeting of the Council of the Interior Ministers next week. The prime minister added that the number could be up to 40.
Algirdas Butkevičius
Algirdas Butkevičius
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According to Butkevičius, Lithuanian Interior Minister Saulius Skvernelis will participate at the Council of the Interior Ministers in Brussels on 16 June. The Council will consider the issue of refugee quotas.

"It is difficult to comment at the moment. We have stated previously that we could accept up to 40 (refugees - ELTA) and we will try to maintain this position. I think more concrete information will be available after 16 June, when the Council of the Interior Ministers adopts a decision. We should see the position of other countries. It is indeed too early to comment today," the prime minister told the national radio.

The interior minister reiterated on Monday, 8 June, that Lithuania was ready to receive 30-40 refugees, whereas the European Commission proposed to relocate as many as 710.

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