Linkevicius: Lithuania hopes to maintain intensity, quality of cooperation with Poland

  • 2020-07-13
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Lithuania hopes to maintain the achieved intensity and quality of cooperation with Poland after the neighboring country's presidential election, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said on Monday.

"We should wait for the official results before offering conclusions and congratulations. We saw a very tight race," Linkevicius told BNS. 

"However, as we've said before, whoever is elected president of Poland, we do hope to maintain the level, intensity and quality of contracts we have achieved, because it's very important for the national interests of both countries," he added.

Preliminary results released on Monday show that Poland's conservative President Andrzej Duda won a narrow victory over Warsaw's liberal Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski in Sunday's run-off.  

"We'll respect any choice (of Polish voters). What benefits us is that what has been created is preserved," Linkevicius said, commenting on the results. 

"I mean not only the intensity of contacts, but also our strategic projects, for example, in defense and security," the minister said. 

"In NATO's context, we, the Baltic states and Poland, are one segment. We simply have to preserve all this, because what happens on a bilateral basis is important for all of us," he added. 

Lithuanian leaders expect to discuss further cooperation with Poland during their visit to the neighboring country this week, Linkevicius said. 

President Gitanas Nauseda and Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis are going to Poland this week to attend the commemoration of the 610th anniversary of the Battle of Zalgiris (Grunwald).