August 06
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Lithuania is against direct dialogue between the EU and Russian President Vladimir Putin as long as Moscow does not change its behavior, Reuters reported.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, who arrived at the EU leaders' summit, was skeptical of Paris and Berlin's proposal to consider holding an EU summit with Putin after US President Joe Biden held a bilateral meeting with his Russian counterpart.

The idea, he said, was like trying to attract a bear to keep the honey pot safe.

"We should be extremely cautious, this is not like the relationship of Russia with the United States."

"We have to deal with Russia but being very cautious about real intentions of the Putin regime," Nauseda told reporters. "So far, we don't see any real change in the pattern of behaviour of Russia."

"Without any positive changes in Russia's behaviour, if we start to engage, it'll send a very bad signal to our partners," he said in referring to countries like Ukraine and Georgia, former Soviet republics with extremely fraught ties with Moscow.

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