’I want Poland to be leader in region’: new Lithuanian FM

Designated as the new head of the Lithuanian diplomacy, Gabrielius Landsbergis stated in the interview for the country’s public TV LRT that he wanted Poland to be the leader in the region, “a strong country that contributes to the strengthening of the economic and military security”.

Mr Landsbergis is the chairman of the Homeland Union - Lithuanian Christian Democrats’ party. It won the October elections in Lithuania and formed a coalition with two liberal parties.

The politician assured that Lithuania's foreign policy would not change under the new government.

As he put it, the principle of good neighborliness with Poland and the Baltic states will be continued. In his opinion, the security of Lithuania depends on the above mentioned matter, as well as on close integration with the European Union and striving to maintain strong transatlantic ties.

In the context of him wanting Poland to be a leading state in the region, Mr Landsbergis pointed out that the difference of opinion with Brussels did not strengthen Polish position in the EU.

The new Lithuanian Foreign Minister stressed that since Lithuania regained independence, there had been no difference between the head of state and the minister of foreign affairs in terms of the country's foreign policy.

President Gitanas Nauseda approved the composition of the new government on Monday, and the Lithuanian parliament began discussing its program on Tuesday. The new cabinet will start work after the ministers have been approved and sworn in.