July 17, 2020 / 8:37 AM / a month ago

Lithuania president 'not so optimistic' on EU summit deal

Lithuania's President Gitanas Nauseda takes off his protective mask to make a statement as he arrives for the first face-to-face EU summit since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brussels, Belgium July 17, 2020. Francisco Seco/Pool via REUTERS

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nauseda said on Friday he was unsure if EU leaders could reach a deal at a two-day summit in Brussels on an EU recovery fund and a multi-year budget.

“I’m not so optimistic ... We think the initial (budget) proposal is interesting, promising,” he told reporters on arrival.

Reporting by Brussels newsroom

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