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Title: RUSSIAN LOBBYING LITHUANIA FOR MEDVEDEV PROPOSALS

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08VILNIUS9952008-11-26 12:18:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/26/2018 
TAGS: PREL EUN NATO RU LH
SUBJECT: RUSSIAN LOBBYING LITHUANIA FOR MEDVEDEV PROPOSALS 
A "WASTE OF TIME" 
 
REF: EUR/NB NOVEMBER 20 EMAIL TO POSTS 
 
Classified By: DCM Damian R. Leader for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) MFA Director of Transatlantic Cooperation and Security 
Policy Vytautas Leskevicius told Post November 21 that the 
Russians are not lobbying the Lithuanians in Vilnius for the 
Medvedev proposals (ref).  He said it would be a waste of 
time looking for support from the Lithuanians and the 
Russians know it.  Leskevicius has heard however that the 
Russians are lobbying the French, British, and Germans 
directly in their capitals because he says they are 
considered by Russia a more susceptible audience.  He added 
that the current Lithuanian fear is that France will speak 
for the entire EU and engage with Russia on these proposals, 
something the EU members have not empowered the French to do. 
 
¶2. (C) Leskevicius also reconfirmed that the Lithuanians 
still support MAP for Ukraine and Georgia.  He privately 
admitted however that they will probably support the British 
"Annual National Program" idea as a MAP substitute if it also 
leads to NATO membership and if, he said "it is needed to 
appease the Germans." 
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