VILNIUS — Greece and Lithuania may be geographically far apart, but "we share a common fate as we are both in the boundaries of the EU," Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias said at his meeting with his Lithuanian counterpart Gabrielius Landsbergis at Vilnius on Tuesday.
Dendias added that the migration crisis is an issue which both countries can raise in the EU Council of Ministers as "a European challenge," and said that Greece could provide Lithuania with technical expertise, know-how and human resources to help with migration influxes.
Speaking ahead of a working lunch, Dendias underlined that "we are not happy with the level of our economic cooperation," and added that "we can do a lot more, as there are many initiatives, like the Three Seas Initiative or connecting our railways, that could help us enhance our economic relations. Also, this will help us address energy issues."
Referring to the nuclear power plants of Astravets in Belarus and the Akkuyu project in Turkey, both built with Russian technology, Dendias said Greece is "very sensitive with nuclear energy," adding that he is "old enough to remember what it means to have a nuclear accident in your neighborhood." Nuclear energy should be discussed in the context of EU neighbors, he stressed.
The Greek minister also condemned anew the recent forced landing of a civilian flight by Belarusian authorities at Minsk airport as "a piracy," and commented on the meeting on Monday of the Greek and Turkish leaders on the sidelines of the NATO Leaders Summit in Brussels.