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Lithuanian President Explains No Talks with Lukashenka

Lithuanian President Explains No Talks with Lukashenka
Gitanas Nauseda
Photo: DELFI

Vilnius' foreign policy principles will remain unchanged.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has responded to requests of Lithuanian politicians to resume contacts "with the Belarusian regime". He also sees no need for a state of emergency in connection with the migration crisis.

" The recent developments resemble a certain, I would say, amateurish adjustment of foreign policy (...), and it is absolutely unacceptable. We will not speak to the dictator in the way he may expect, the foreign policy principles will remain unchanged," Nauseda said, Delfi reports.

He announced that on July 29 he would assemble the heads of all parliamentary parties at the Presidential Palace "to agree on the foreign policy principles that Lithuania has been practising for 30 years and will adhere to in the future".

The Lithuanian President underlines that it is not the time for destructive criticism, and the proposals of the parties to resolve the migration crisis can be discussed at the meeting at the Presidential Palace.

Nauseda also believes that a state of emergency in Lithuania because of illegal migrants can be imposed only as a last resort. There is no need for that now.

"I am closely monitoring the situation. I see a lot of reserves that the Ministry of the Interior and the State Border Guard Service could still use to solve the problems, and only as a last resort and, no doubt, with consultations and explanations to the population, we could return to the issue of the state of emergency," he summarized.