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Poland, Balts Uneasy Over Italian For EU Foreign Policy Job

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July 14, 2014 AT 10:02 AM
Poland and the Baltic states are uneasy about Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini's bid to be European Union foreign policy chief, concerned that she may be soft on Russia, but look unlikely to block her, diplomats said on Monday. Officials of the four countries declined to comment in public on their reservations about the appointment, due to be debated at an EU leaders' summit in Brussels on Wednesday. But Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite made clear the former Soviet Baltic states are looking for the successor to Britain's Catherine Ashton to develop a firm common line with Moscow over its annexation of Crimea and destabilization of eastern Ukraine.