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Lithuania Foreign Minister Weighs In On Security Of Baltic States,, April 3, 2018

Created: 2018.04.04 / Updated: 2018.04.04 08:42
    Lithuania Foreign Minister Weighs In On Security Of Baltic States,, April 3, 2018

    President Trump met with leaders of the Baltic states in a summit focused on security and trade partnerships. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius.


    All right, let's circle back to President Trump's comments today on Russia and how they were interpreted by the Baltic leaders at the White House today. I sat down today with Lithuania's foreign minister, Linas Linkevicius, and I asked him how he would view a potential visit by Vladimir Putin to the White House, an invitation the Kremlin disclosed yesterday.

    LINAS LINKEVICIUS: Good relations - it's OK, but this would be a prize, and we should understand that sometimes meeting's used as a smokescreen by other side to do nothing.

    KELLY: That word smokescreen you used...

    LINKEVICIUS: Smokescreen is that you're meeting, so the impression is that everything is OK, business as usual. Parties are talking but, at the same time, no results, no changes.

    KELLY: But are you saying that in the context of the U.S.-Russia relationship?

    LINKEVICIUS: I'm saying that in all contexts with the relations with that country because that country unfortunately not guided by the values and commitments. And sometimes they are aiming in different goals - not to solve problems but to solve own sort of state interests and sometimes unfortunately at the expense of sovereignty of neighboring countries. That's my point.

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