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Lithuanian PM not sure he will sign Rail Baltica deal

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Estonia plans for the prime ministers of the Baltic states to sign the deal on the European-gauge railway Rail Baltica project.

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But Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is not sure about the signing, LETA/BNS reports.

He said the new government should scrutinize all aspects of the project before signing the agreements. In Skvernelis' words, the deal will not be signed, if the analysis is not complete by his visit to Tallinn in the end of the month.

"We do not yet have any information about any signing. We have not yet finalized our position, it has not been clearly stated when it comes to the signing. If we do not have enough time to analyze it and harmonize it, there will be no signing.

"This is the aim and the objective but we, as the new government, have to review all the circumstances surrounding Rail Baltica.

"This includes financing, acquisitions and finally cargo flows, we need to ensure benefits of the project and financing of the project after 2020. I cannot confirm today that this will be the main item on the agenda," Skvernelis told journalists.

In his words, Lithuania's key position on Rail Baltica remain unchanged, however, the country needs more details to sign thorough agreements.

The Estonian government intends to sign the deal during the meeting of Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian prime ministers in Tallinn on January 31.

The document should stipulate commitment of all three countries to the project, the Estonian government said in a draft resolution.

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