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Title: LITHUANIA WILL FOCUS ON RUSSIA ISSUES AT GYMNICH

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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA WILL FOCUS ON RUSSIA ISSUES AT GYMNICH 
 
REF: STATE 123576 
 
Classified By: CHARGE DAMIAN LEADER FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D) 
 
¶1. (C) Summary.  Lithuania plans to focus on Russia for the 
September 7 GYMNICH meeting.  FM Vaitiekunas will argue that 
problems of individual EU member states with Russia should be 
approached as collective EU problems.  He will also seek to 
take the agenda focus off of a Partnership and Cooperation 
Agreement (PCA) with Russia and reevaluate the Russia-EU 
relationship.  Vaitiekunas may also speak about Kosovo. 
Lithuania remains prepared to recognize Kosovo if 
independence is declared but some other members are not 
ready. End Summary. 
 
¶2. (C) We delivered reftel points to Egidijus Navikas, Head 
of the MFA's Common Foreign and Security Policy Division on 
September 4. Navikas told us that FM Vaitiekunas will not 
speak on Iran, China, India, or the Middle East.  He will 
follow the discussions with interest, but would like to speak 
about Russia.  Vaitiekunas will assert that problems such as 
the Polish meat issue should be treated as EU-Russia issues, 
not as individual member state issues.  He may mention the 
handling of the investigation in Kaliningrad into the death 
of a Lithuanian businessman as an example of Russia's desire 
to treat these issues as individual member state problems. 
 
¶3. (C) Navikas said that Vaitiekunas will try to take the 
focus off of a PCA agreement with Russia and stress that the 
EU should not accept an asymmetrical partnership. 
Vaitiekunas will try to redirect attention towards energy 
planning and consolidation and conflict resolution before the 
Russia-EU Summit in October.  Navikas told us that 
Vaitiekunas will not present a miracle solution, but he will 
propose a pragmatic alternative to continuing PCA 
negotiations with no Russian change in position. 
 
¶4. (C) Navikas said Vaitiekunas may or may not speak on 
Kosovo.  He assured us that the GOL is prepared to recognize 
Kosovo following a declaration of independence, but he 
thought that Spain, Greece, and Slovakia are not ready for 
that step.  Navikas told us he thinks the GYMNICH may be used 
to explore a common EU position on Kosovo and that the 
European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP) mission will get 
worked out one way or another.  Navikas said that the basis 
for the ESDP mission could perhaps be an invitation from the 
government of an independent Kosovo.  Navikas thanked the USG 
for reftel information and offered to meet after the GYMNICH 
if we have any questions. 
LEADER