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Linas Linkevičius

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Lithuania grateful to Croatia for contributing to its defense

Created: 2019.06.06 / Updated: 2019.06.06 15:41
      Lithuania grateful to Croatia for contributing to its defense
      Lithuania grateful to Croatia for contributing to its defense
      Lithuania grateful to Croatia for contributing to its defense

      On 6 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius pays an official visit to Zagreb, Croatia. L. Linkevičius met with the Croatian Prime Minister Andrey Plenkovich and noted that Lithuania highly appreciated Croatia's contribution to our country's defense. In addition, Lithuania is grateful for the Croatian Government's determination to once again send troops and join NATO's enhanced forward presence battalion in Lithuania in 2020.

      The discussion also focused on energy security. Lithuania's Foreign Minister thanked Croatia for supporting our goal of having nuclear energy safely produced in the European Union's neighborhood and invited Croatian representatives to visit the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence in Vilnius.

      “It is important that a close relationship between Lithuania and Croatia be developed not only in the field of security, but also in the field of economy. Hopefully, the continuously increasing bilateral trade turnover since Croatia's accession to the EU will maintain the impetus,” said the Lithuanian Foreign Minister.

      L. Linkevičius also met with Croatia's Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Marija Pejčinović Burić and discussed the upcoming Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2020.

      Lithuania's Foreign Minister welcomed the goals of the Croatian Presidency and called for paying close attention to the Eastern Partnership countries, as well as for helping Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine implement their Association Agreements.

      The head of Lithuania's diplomacy backed the EU enlargement in the Western Balkans.

      "We support the EU enlargement in those European countries that meet the necessary criteria for membership, actively seek to join the European Union club, implement reforms, adhere to the principles of democracy, align with the common foreign policy positions, and show their readiness to contribute to regional stability," said L. Linkevičius.

      The Foreign Ministers also discussed EU topicalities. L. Linkevičius expressed Lithuania's support for Croatia's plan to join the euro area and the Schengen passport-free travel zone.