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Published: 1 february 2013 17:33

Lithuanian and Russian foreign ministers to meet in Munich

Linas Linkevičius
Juliaus Kalinsko / 15min nuotr. / Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius

Diplomats are making arrangements for a meeting of Lithuanian and Russian Foreign Ministers, Linas Linkevičius and Sergey Lavrov, in Munich where both of them are attending the Munich Security Conference, Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed.

"Arrangements are being made for a meeting," Rasa Jakilaitienė, an adviser to the Lithuanian foreign minister, told BNS on Friday.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, and the country's ministers of foreign affairs and national defense are leaving for Munich to attend the security conference starting on Friday.

The program of Lithuania's new center-left government, which assumed office last year, states that Lithuanian-Russian relations need a "reset" and focus on the future and not the past in bilateral cooperation.

"Lithuanian-Russian relations need a "reset". We will base Lithuania's cooperation with Russia on European values, strengthening mutual trust by focusing not on the past but on the future, without pre-defined and hardly implementable conditions undermining good and mutually-beneficial neighborly relations," the document states.

The program also stipulates that "the issue of damage done by the Soviet occupation will have to be addressed through talks with Russia to look for acceptable solutions."

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