Baltic foreign ministers to meet Tillerson in March

Rex Tillerson
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Spokeswoman to Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius told BNS on Thursday that the meeting would take place in Washington D.C. on March 5.

The ministers intend to discuss cooperation matters and the regional security situation, said Rasa Jakilaitienė.

The meeting will be held a month ahead of the visit by the three Baltic presidents to the US capital for a meeting with US President Donald Trump.

Concerns had heightened in the Baltic states over Trump’s presidential election campaign promise to improve relations with Russia and his statements that NATO was “obsolete”. Lithuanian officials are watching with concern the US president’s rows with America’s allies in Europe and his often unpredictable behavior.

Results of a survey published earlier this month showed that two in three Lithuanians do not trust Trump in making the right decisions on key political matters.

At the same time, diplomats and Trump’s supporters emphasize that, after his election to the White House, he became better disposed towards NATO, caring about US military power, furthermore, members of his administration have been showing much attention to the Baltic states.

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