Relations between the Russian Federation and Lithuania at the moment remain at the lowest level due to the fact that Vilnius does not want to move to a positive agenda. This was announced on Friday, June 11, by the Russian ambassador to the republic, Alexei Isakov.
“Unfortunately, little has changed in our bilateral relations, they continue to remain at the lowest level. This is due to the obvious unwillingness of the official Vilnius to move to a positive agenda, to abandon provocative attacks and anti-Russian rhetoric, sometimes even crossing the line of decency, “he said in an interview with Express-Nedelya.
Isakov pointed to the incomprehensibility and disadvantage of such a situation for Lithuania, since a significant share of the potential in the spheres of economic, cultural and other ties is not used. At the same time, the diplomat also stressed that the countries have a request for healthy bilateral relations, which are based on mutual respect, consideration of each other’s interests, as well as good-neighborliness and willingness to cooperate.
“We adhere to this approach. I hope that the Lithuanian capital will also understand the importance of normalizing our relations, ”added the Russian ambassador.
In May, the leaders of nine Eastern European states at the Bucharest Nine summit criticized Russia’s actions on the world stage. In particular, they pointed out “the aggressive actions of the Russian Federation and the strengthening of its military capabilities near NATO,” posing a threat to Euro-Atlantic security.
Also during the summit, Russia was criticized for the recent deterioration in relations with the Czech Republic due to the accusations of the Czech side of the alleged involvement of the Russian Federation in the explosion in Vrbetica in 2014. In addition, the topic of discussion was the security of the Black Sea region and the situation around Ukraine.
A statement following the annual summit was signed by the leaders of Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania. The meeting was aimed at agreeing on the positions of the countries in the field of security ahead of the full-scale NATO summit in June.
At the same time, in February, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda spoke in favor of continuing the dialogue with Russia. According to the Lithuanian leader, there are issues that need to be resolved in relations between Vilnius and Moscow. At the same time, negotiations can be conducted not at the highest political level, the politician emphasized.
He found it sad that the European Union does not have a strategy with regard to Russia, while, in his opinion, it is necessary.