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    RUSSIA AND LITHUANIA INTEND TO ALIGN BILATERAL AGREEMENTS WITH EUROPEAN UNION STANDARDS

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    MOSCOW, 16 January. /RIA Novosti/. On Friday in the wake of consultations with Lithuania held on 15-16 January in Vilnius Maxim Medvedkov, Russian deputy minister of economic development and trade reported that Russia and Lithuania intended to align their bilateral agreements with the specifications adopted by the European Union.

    Medvedkov stated that "the parties managed to define approximately 20 issues related to the forthcoming entry of Lithuania into the European Union which were to be considered in the nearest future. " In particular, they were talking about the agreements between Russia and Lithuania, which might be amended in the wake of Lithuania's joining the European Union. Medvedkov pointed out that "the Lithuanian side stated that it did not intend to denounce those agreements but would like to adjust them to comply with the European Union standards." The parties will also have to consider problems related to cargo transit traffic across the territory of Lithuania to the territory of the Kaliningrad region (the Russian enclave on the coast of the Baltic Sea). According to the deputy minister, here the parties will have to agree on transportation tariffs as well as on facilitation of customs procedures.

    Medvedkov added that "the same range of matters would be discussed at the negotiations with the EU Commission scheduled to be held at the end of January."

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