VILNIUS – Lithuania does not need any radical foreign policy changes, says Gabrielius Landsbergis, leader of the conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats, who was on Wednesday named as a contender for the position of foreign minister.
"I believe Lithuania doesn’t need radical changes today. We need certain consolidation and clear messages for the transatlantic community to know that Lithuania is and has always been a reliable partner of the United States and will always be so, irrespective of what administration is elected or is in power in America," he told BNS on Wednesday.
Landsbergis also underlined the fact that many of Lithuania's strategic foreign policy directions are established by means of a consensus, irrespective of which party led the government or the Foreign Ministry.
He mentioned support for the Belarusian opposition as one of the priorities and first tasks.
"It's probably one of the major challenges Lithuania is facing specifically. Lithuania has demonstrated leadership and Minister Linas Linkevicius has raised the bar for the issue of assistance for Belarus very high, and I do believe that we can continue and do more and pull support for the Belarusian opposition, which finds refuge in Lithuania, within and outside the EU. And we could also help to ensure that the Lukshenko regime does not stay for too long," the contender for foreign minister said.
Landsbergis also stressed the need to further strengthen ties with Germany, calling it the heart of the European Union.
Landsbergis also rejected outgoing Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis' concerns that the incoming center-right government might ruin good ties with neighboring Poland and Latvia.
"I do notice that the head of the acting government and ministers are trying to move into the opposition regime and paint everything in dark colors. The Homeland Union has a lot of experience in the area of foreign policy, and there should be no radical changes Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and people of Lithuania should be concerned of," the conservative leader said.
Earlier in the day, Ingrida Simonyte, the center-right coalition's candidate for prime minister, met with President Gitanas Nauseda and names the people she would like to see her ministers.
Simonyte is scheduled to be proposed to the Seimas for the position of prime minister on Thursday.