President of the Republic of Lithuania

EU’s cooperation with Russia must be on equal terms

Friday, March 15, Brussels - President Dalia Grybauskaitė, attending a European Council summit, discussed with other EU leaders the current state and perspectives of the EU-Russia relations.
According to the President, the European Union must cooperate with Russia on equal terms, like with all other neighbors.
"Good relations with Russia cannot be based on concessions to Russia. The dialogue must be beneficial for both sides, transparent and built on mutual respect," the President said.
The President pointed out that Europe seeks to have a comprehensive and binding agreement with Russia, covering the aspects important to the EU such as fair trade in energy resources, application of the highest EU standards of nuclear safety, compliance with the obligations assumed and the World Trade Organization norms, and implementation of the human rights and rule of law principles.
Energy cooperation with Russia, which is important to Lithuania, must be open and transparent, the President noted. In this sphere two objectives are crucial for Lithuania - to seek security of energy supply and ensure competitiveness of Europe's energy in line with the EU's Third Energy Package. The EU must also strive to ensure that Russia fully complies with international nuclear safety and environmental requirements in carrying out its new nuclear projects.
Press Service of the President

Last updated 2013.03.15 12:13