President of the Republic of Lithuania

Lithuania supports Moldova’s aspirations for energy independence and European integration

2012-09-27

Thursday, September 27, New York - President Dalia Grybauskaitė, currently participating in the debate of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, met with President Nicolae Timofti of Moldova. The Presidents discussed Moldova's European integration process and the prospects for ensuring energy independence of both countries.

According to Dalia Grybauskaitė, in Europe Moldova is seen as a country which has made the greatest progress among the eastern neighbors of the EU. The President noted that only by maintaining the momentum of the European reforms achieved will Moldova be able to complete negotiations on the association and free trade agreement and visa liberalization. Lithuania is ready to share with Moldova the necessary experience.

The Presidents of Lithuania and Moldova also addressed the issues of energy independence. Both countries are dependent on a single supplier of gas paying for the latter higher prices than most of the Western European countries.

"Independence of a country, including in the energy sphere, is a difficult but the sole way to ensure the people's security. Only by resisting blackmail, implementing reforms in the energy sector and promoting competition we will ensure the energy independence and fair prices," President Dalia Grybauskaitė underlined.

At the general debate of the UN General Assembly, the President also stressed that energy cannot be used as an instrument for political and economic blackmail and called on the international community to prevent it. 

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2012.09.27 08:01

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