Lithuanian PM favours re-establishment of intergovernmental commission with Russia

Saulius Skvernelis

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that a Lithuania-Russia intergovernmental commission could resume its activities.

"I think so," he told the Žinių Radijas radio station on Thursday when asked whether the intergovernmental commission should be re-established.

Skvernelis, who has proposed to resume political contacts with Moscow, says that the Lithuania-Russia dialog could cover trade relations and energy, agriculture and transport issues, as well as the situation of Lithuanian teachers in the Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad.

He underlined, however, that Lithuania would not change its stance and rhetoric on strategic issues regarding Ukraine or sanctions against Russia.

Skvernelis told the radio station that comments linking his statements about Russia to Lithuania's 2019 presidential election made him laugh.

The prime minister would not comment on whether he will run in the election.

Skvernelis has said repeatedly in recent days that Lithuania is the only EU member state that does not have any working contacts with Russia at the political level with Russia and called for creating channels for bilateral dialog.

Source: BNS
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