Sunday, May 13, 2007

Lithuania may block Samara talks

Itar-Tass reports Lithuania’s President Adamkus as saying that his country may block the talks on the signing of a new treaty of cooperation between Russia and the EU scheduled for next week in Samara, Russia, unless agreement is reached with Russia on the problem of the resumption of supplies through the Druzhba pipeline to Lithuania’s Mazeikiu Nafta oil refinery, the only one in the Baltic states.

Update: Estonia and Poland may accompany Lithuania in blocking the summit talks, some Russian media reported. However, in Vilnius on Tuesday May 15 Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet said that “dialogue is always preferable to the absence of dialogue”, and that Estonia will not exercise any veto on the talks aimed at a new EU-Russia agreement.
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