Viewing cable 09VILNIUS15
Title: LITHUANIA WANTS TO BE ON THE SAME PAGE AS U.S. ON

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09VILNIUS152009-01-08 14:41:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA WANTS TO BE ON THE SAME PAGE AS U.S. ON 
GEORGIA 
 
REF: 08 STATE 134559 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John A. Cloud for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) Post discussed reftel points January 5 and 6 with MFA 
U/S Talat-Kelpsa and Acting Director of the Eastern 
Neighborhood Policy Department Nortautas Statkus.  Both were 
happy to hear of our strategic policy on Georgia and 
emphasized that Lithuania "wants to be on the same page" as 
us on this issue.  Statkus suggested that some kind of 
middleman will be necessary to facilitate future GoG - 
Abkhazia/S. Ossetia dialogue.  He noted that, aside from the 
meetings in Geneva, the two sides are not talking directly to 
each other but will eventually need to do so. 
 
¶2. (C) Talat-Kelpsa stressed that although Lithuania supports 
using the sticks outlined, notably the possible visa ban on 
separatist leaders, the real challenge will be getting other 
EU countries to agree.  He also said the GOL wants to 
discourage ordinary S. Ossetians and Abkhazians from using 
passports recently distributed to them by Russia.  The GOL 
suggests doing this by erecting procedural roadblocks against 
USG and Schengen visa applicants from Georgia who currently 
hold a Russian passport.  This might include a ten day 
processing period or requiring them to show their internal 
Russian passports -- something S. Ossetians and Abkhazians 
would not have. 
 
¶3. (C) Post comment and request:  Statkus made clear the GOL 
wants to consult with us on this issue, and is willing to 
make concrete proposals to its EU partners.  We welcome 
further guidance on how Lithuania can play a constructive 
role, to include floating specific names to be subject to 
sanctions and/or a visa ban. 
CLOUD