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Lithuania: Landsbergis Wants Lithuania, Russia To Have Model Relations

Vilnius, Nov 16 (RFE/RL) - Vytautas Landsbergis, the head of Lithuania's Conservative Party, the Homeland Union, says he wishes that Lithuanian-Russian relations would became a model in which big and small countries could shape bilateral ties.

Landsbergis said Saturday at a one-day joint Lithuanian-Russian conference in Vilnius that the past wrongs must be left in the past. He spoke out against xenophobia, chauvinism and anti-Russianism as well as the anti-Baltic feelings which are occasionally noticeable in Russia.

Much of the conference focused on economic and trade ties between the two countries. The prime minister-designate of the Conservative Party, Lithuania's Gediminas Vagnorius, called for the scrapping of all existing administrative trade barriers between the two countries.

Today's conference was called to calm the fears that Lithuanian-Russian relations would deteriorate after the Conservatives won 70 of the 141 parlimantary seats in recent elections.