Prime Minister: it is important to further strengthen strategic partnership with the US

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2019 10 07

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Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has met with United States Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and has discussed prospects for bilateral cooperation in energy and other fields.   

It has been stressed at the beginning of the meeting that relations with the US have been and will be a priority for Lithuania and that ties of practical cooperation have been strengthening not only in the areas of security and defence, but also in energy, business, innovation and in other sectors.

The Prime Minister has thanked the US for its growing attention to the energy projects developed in the Baltic countries.    

‘Energy has never been a mere commodity in our region; some countries still want to use and use it as a geopolitical tool. On behalf of Lithuania and the Baltic countries, I thank for the US and your personal support and attention to our regional energy independence aspirations’ said the Prime Minister.

The Head of State has expressed his delight that alongside the ministerial meeting, an ambitious 3+1 initiative has been initiated, which should develop cooperation between the US and the Baltic countries.

Lithuania is implementing essential energy security projects: synchronization, gas connection with Poland, LNG terminal. Close cooperation will help turn these key projects into success stories.

According to Prime Minister Skvernelis, Lithuania is ready to move from purchasing liquefied natural gas (LNG) in unit shipments to deeper cooperation; therefore, Lithuania is interested in all options for LNG supplies from the US. The increased US LNG exports to the Baltic region would increase competition and would benefit everyone, including Lithuania’s neighbours.

In the meeting, much attention has been given to synchronization of the Baltic power grids with Continental European networks and safety of the Astravyets nuclear power plant in Belarus. The Prime Minister has emphasized that the Astravyets NPP is not safe and that Lithuania maintains a strong position to block the import of electricity from the Astravyets NPP. The Prime Minister has invited the US to engage more actively in dealing with the matter. United States Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has promised support.