Belarussian president suggests joint steps to Lithuania

MINSK, June 28 (Itar-Tass) -- Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko suggested to Lithuania a number of joint steps toward the strengthening of independence of the two states. He made these suggestions at the meeting with Lithuanian Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius on Monday.

"In order to strengthen our independence, sovereignty, the might of our states, we must immediately take a number of steps to strengthen this independence," Lukashenko stated. He noted that Belarus and Lithuania "used to live within one state for long." "We have similar problems and, as they are similar, solutions of these problems will be similar, too," Lukashenko added.

"We can do much today, very much. If we lose time, some things cannot be achieved," he told the Lithuanian premier.

Kubilius, in his turn, said the two states, indeed, have good opportunities for cooperation to strengthen independence, "particularly in energy." "We all know that dependence on one supplier of some resources can sometimes crease problems. It is good to have an alternative, as economic logic suggests," he said. "In this sense we have good opportunities to work out clear, effective projects. In this way we can strengthen independence, sovereignty and have good strategic projects, in whose implementation, I believe, the European Union would also be interested." Kubilius also noted that the Eastern Partnership initiative of the European Union can offer good opportunities for the strengthening of bilateral cooperation.


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