Viewing cable 07VILNIUS277
Title: LITHUANIA ON GAERC: CONCERNS ABOUT RUSSIA

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07VILNIUS2772007-04-20 16:13:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/18/2017 
TAGS: PREL KPAL ETRD EPET EUN LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA ON GAERC: CONCERNS ABOUT RUSSIA 
 
REF: SECSTATE 51262 
 
Classified By: Pol/Econ Chief Rebecca Dunham for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d 
). 
 
¶1. (C) Summary.  Lithuania's priority at the April 23-24 
GAERC will be to suggest postponing the cooperation agreement 
with Russia until the GOR explains the Druzhba pipeline 
closure.  The FM will also intervene to discuss his recent 
trip to Central Asia and to discuss the US-EU Summit 
declaration if it is not already agreed to.  The GOL agrees 
with the USG position on many issues, including the 
importance of Belarus not getting a seat on the UNHRC.  End 
Summary. 
 
Russia 
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¶2. (C) We delivered reftel points on April 19 to the Head of 
the MFA's Common Foreign and Security Policy Division, Tomas 
Gulbinas, who prepares the Minister's briefing book for the 
GAERC.  He said the FM will intervene to propose postponing 
any action on the cooperation agreement with Russia until the 
GOR explains the Druzhba pipeline cutoff.  He said the GOL 
has formally requested an explanation from the GOR and, 
despite a GOR promise to respond by March 15, has received 
nothing in reply but mixed messages via the media. 
 
Central Asia 
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¶3. (C) Gulbinas said that the FM will intervene to discuss 
his recent travels in Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and 
Kyrgyzstan.  Gulbinas agreed that increased EU attention to 
Central Asia was a step in the right direction. 
 
Support for a balanced US-EU summit declaration 
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¶4. (C) Gulbinas said that if a US-EU Summit declaration is 
not agreed to by April 23, the FM will intervene and advocate 
for a balanced text focusing on "all the regions that raise 
concerns."  The text should address Belarus, Russia's recent 
suppression of dissent, and visa free travel. 
 
Belarus on UNHRC would be "terrible" 
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¶5. (C) Gulbinas said that the EU's main goal with the UNHRC 
right now is to secure a seat for Slovenia.  He was hopeful, 
however, that the EU will work on a strategy that will 
guarantee Slovenia's seat and, at the same time, prevent the 
undesirable result of Belarus gaining a seat. 
 
US-EU Air Transport Agreement 
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¶6. (C) The GOL feels that the US-EU Air Transport Agreement 
is proceeding at a normal pace, but Gulbinas was unsure if 
the EU would be ready to sign at the April 30 Summit. 
 
Other issues 
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¶7. (C) Gulbinas said that Ukraine is off the GAERC agenda but 
that the USG position describes "the situation exactly as it 
is."  He said the GOL shares the USG's concerns about the 
Western Balkans.  He had nothing substantial to say about 
Israeli-Palestinian issues, but agreed that continued US-EU 
cooperation is important.  The GOL continues to support a 
tough stance on Iran.  He agreed with the USG position that 
there is reason to be hopeful about talks within the WTO.  He 
said the GOL did not have much information on several issues 
-- Zimbabwe, Sudan, Algeria, and Lebanon -- and added that he 
often gets better information from the USG than from the EU 
in the week leading up to the GAERC. 
CLOUD