Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis paid today his first visit to Lithuania, marking the completion, this year, of 100 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
In his meetings both with the President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda and with his counterpart, Ingrida Šimonytė, the excellent level of Greek-Lithuanian relations and the common challenges faced by the two countries, such as the energy crisis and the instrumentalization of migration flows, were confirmed.
The two sides also discussed the possibility of making investments in infrastructure, new technologies and Renewable Energy Sources, taking into account the emergence of our country as an energy transit hub through the infrastructure it is developing, as well as the need to diversify energy sources and to be independent from Russian fossil fuels.
During their meeting, Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Prime Minister of Lithuania agreed on the need for a unified European response to the high energy prices and excessive fluctuations caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The Prime Minister pointed out that the EU’s multi-level support towards Ukraine needs to continue, so that the independence, the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the country can be restored.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis informed his interlocutors on the latest developments regarding the aggressive behavior and rhetoric of Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean and the questioning of Greek sovereignty. He reiterated that Greece is always open to understanding and dialogue, but it will not accept the questioning of its sovereignty.
They also exchanged views, based on the experiences of both countries in the management of the migration (issue) and highlighted the need for a coordinated response to the challenges at the EU’s external borders and the instrumentalisation of migration flows.
The Prime Minister was also briefed on energy infrastructure security issues at the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence.