At the Munich Security Conference on 2 February, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The Ministers agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation and intensify contacts between the two countries at all levels.
During the conversation, which went in a constructive spirit, the Ministers stated that the two countries had different opinions on some issues, but they agreed that it was necessary to address the issues that were important to both countries, trying to achieve more mutual understanding and examples of positive cooperation in bilateral dialogue.
Linkevičius made several concrete proposals: to organize a meeting of the bilateral Lithuanian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission before Lithuania takes over the Presidency of the EU Council this year and to mark the 10th anniversary of the facilitated transit of Russian citizens to the Kaliningrad region.
The Lithuanian Foreign Minister reminded his counterpart about the project of the NATO-Russia Council on the destruction and disposal of surplus ammunition in the Kaliningrad region, which could be successfully implemented by Russia, Germany, Poland and Lithuania.
During the short meeting, Lavrov informed the Lithuanian Foreign Minister about the issues that were important to Russia and said that he wanted to see some progress. The Ministers agreed to continue their dialogue.