Lithuanian PM compares relations with presidential office to "winter"

  • 2020-02-10
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has compared his relations with the presidential office to "winter", adding, however, that he sees no freeze.

"There's a winter in relations with the presidential office but I see no freeze. There are just procedures, work-related issues that are being resolved, and those issues need to be resolved strictly under the principle of separation of powers," the prime minister said in an interview with the news website on Monday.

Speaking of Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevic, whom President Gitanas Nauseda has called to resign, the prime minister underlined that decisions would depend not only on him but also on the ruling coalition which has confidence in the minister.

"The coalition trusts him and we have no real reasons why the minister should resign, and the minister's issue is resolved. If someone believes that ultimatums and dictate with no basis are an effective form of activity, I don’t think so. I believe we need to look for a compromise, agreement," the prime minister said.

Skvernelis also considers normal the president's decision not to rush into the appointment of his adviser Lukas Savickas as economy and innovation minister.

"A new practice is being formed, which every minister will be subject to in the future, and it’s not bad to have an in-depth and detailed consideration of every candidate. Three or four weeks, I see no major problem really," he said.

President Nauseda has several times said that Narkevic lost his trust and cannot continue serving as transport minister but both the prime minister and the ruling coalition has expressed their support to the minister.