Lithuanian President underscored strategic importance of Power Bridge between Lithuania and Sweden

September 19, 2007 at 3:37 pm 1 comment

Bildt and Persident AdamkusPresident Valdas Adamkus received Carl Bildt, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs on September 13.

As the Presidents press offices informed at their meeting, Mr. Adamkus pointed out that it was very important for Lithuania to continue developing dynamic relations with Scandinavian countries, particularly with Sweden. He further said that Sweden played a major role in crafting the EU Eastern Policy. Valdas Adamkus underlined that he greatly valued Mr. Bildt’s participation in the meeting of foreign ministers of the New Group of Georgia’s Friends (Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, and Bulgaria) held in Vilnius today.

The development of new energy projects in the Baltic region was also discussed at the meeting. President Adamkus said that Lithuania was greatly interested in building an electricity bridge between Lithuania and Sweden as soon as possible. “With the approaching decommissioning of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant, this project will be not only commercially, but also strategically important for the whole region and Lithuania,” said Mr. Adamkus.

Among the other issues touched upon was the situation in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus as well as relations between the EU and South Caucasus countries.

The Swedish Foreign Minister accentuated the significance of focusing on EU’s eastern neighbours. Mr. Bildt noted that cooperation between the Baltic and Scandinavian countries  in addressing topical regional issues and developing EU’s Eastern Policy should be continued and strengthened.

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Entry filed under: Baltic States, Economics, Energy, Lithuania, Northern Europe, Politics, Scandinavia, Sweden.

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