Baltic foreign ministers to meet US secretary of state

Rex Tillerson
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Rasa Jakilaitienė, spokeswoman to Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, has told BNS that the ministers would discuss cooperation matters and the regional security situation.

The meeting will take place a month ahead of the Washington visit of the three Baltic presidents who will then have 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 in February showed that two in three Lithuanians do not trust Trump in making the right decisions on key political matters.

At the same time, diplomats emphasize that, after Trump’s 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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