Viewing cable 08VILNIUS118
Title: LITHUANIA EVALUATING SITUATION IN CUBA; NO HINT OF

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08VILNIUS1182008-02-25 13:04:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/24/2018 
TAGS: PREL PGOV EUN CU LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA EVALUATING SITUATION IN CUBA; NO HINT OF 
PLANS TO OPEN RELATIONS 
 
REF: STATE 18317 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John A. Cloud for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1. (SBU) We shared reftel points with Lina Antanaviciene, 
acting Director of the MFA's Americas, Africa, Asia, and 
Pacific Department.  Antanaviciene thanked us for the 
information, and confirmed that events in Cuba had begun a 
discussion within the MFA about how to respond.  She assured 
us that the GOL also wants to see a democratic Cuba.  She 
added that because of Lithuania's lack of first-hand 
knowledge of events there (Lithuania remains the only EU 
member without diplomatic relations with Cuba), it plans 
primarily to work through Brussels to react to the change. 
 
¶2. (C) Antanaviciene was fully briefed on the Ambassador's 
most recent exchange with Under Secretary Zygimantas 
Pavilionis, February 18, during which Pavilionis asked for an 
update on U.S. thinking on Cuba.  The Ambassador noted that 
the announcement that Castro would step down did not 
necessarily mean regime change.  The Ambassador reminded 
Pavilionis that we seek a democratic Cuba.  Pavilionis took 
the Ambassador's point. 
CLOUD