Foreign Minister to meet Trump adviser Bolton

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The Baltic states' foreign ministers will meet with the United States president's national security advisor John Bolton on Wednesday reported the LETA news agency May 16.

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, together with Estonian and Lithuanian foreign ministers, will meet with counselor Bolton on May 16 in Washington to discuss preparations for the forthcoming NATO summit in Brussels this July and current regional and security issues.

Then on May 17, in New York, the Foreign Minister will participate in the UN Security Council debate. It is expected that Rinkēvičs will draw the attention of the participants of the debate to the importance of observance of international law, the responsibility of the Security Council for maintaining peace and security in the world and the need to prosecute violators of international law.

UN member states that are not currently members of the Security Council can also participate in the UN Security Council debate on the importance of strengthening international law in maintaining peace and security in the world organized by Poland.

Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius said the Bolton meeting it will be a working meeting, aimed at continuing cooperation with US security officials following the resignation of former national security adviser Herbert McMaster in March.

"As you know, we had great contacts with former national security adviser McMaster, we had regular contact, we used to discuss his very specific steps and what we should do in bilateral relations, within the NATO context, and for the upcoming summit," Linkevicius told journalists after leaving for Washington.

"A new adviser has recently started working and we would like to renew all of this," he added.

The Baltic states want the United States to send troops for training more often and air defense systems in order to deter Russia.

Lithuania is also negotiating with Washington the establishment of a regional cyber security center in Lithuania's second-largest city of Kaunas.

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