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Polish president to give state award to Lithuanian PM

VILNIUS - Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is going to Poland on Tuesday to receive a state award from President Andrzej Duda. 

The Grand Cross of the Order of Merit for the Republic of Poland has been awarded to Skvernelis in recognition of contribution to strengthening the dialog between the two neighboring countries. 

Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, received the same award last year. 

As part of his visit, Skvernelis will meet with the Polish president and its prime minister to discuss measures to strengthen resilience to historical distortions, bilateral relations, ongoing joint projects, and a possible second wave of COVID-19.

The Baltic countries and Poland have in recent years voiced concern over Russia's efforts to play down the 1939 Soviet-German non-aggression treaty which helped pave the way for World War Two.  

In protest, the Lithuanian and Polish presidents earlier this year boycotted a major Holocaust commemoration event in Jerusalem where Russian President Vladimir Putin was invited to deliver a key speech.   

The Russian parliament has registered an initiative to reverse the 1989 condemnation of the Ribbentrop–Molotov Pact. 

Signed in August 1939, the German-Soviet non-aggression treaty, known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, contained secret protocols that divided Eastern Europe into German and Soviet spheres of influence. It led to the invasion of Poland in September 1939 and the Soviet occupation of the Baltic nations in 1940. 

The meetings in Warsaw will also focus on Via Baltica Rail Baltica, Harmony Link and other ongoing European-scale infrastructure projects, according to the Lithuanian government's press release. 

On Wednesday, Skvernelis will attend an event marking the 610th anniversary of the Battle of Zalgiris (Grunwald). Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda will also travel to Poland to attend the commemoration. 

Polish president to give state award to Lithuanian PM

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