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Gabrielius Landsbergis at the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council: “Lithuania supports Germany’s initiative to supply air defence systems to Ukraine”

Created: 2024.04.22 / Updated: 2024.04.24 13:23
    Gabrielius Landsbergis at the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council: “Lithuania supports Germany’s initiative to supply air defence systems to Ukraine”

    On 22 April in Luxembourg, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Gabrielius Landsbergis, attended the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council, which discussed the situation in Ukraine and the necessary support from the EU in a joint session gathering both EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs and EU Ministers of Defence. A joint session of EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs focused on the situation of the Middle East and Sudan.

    Lithuania’s Foreign Minister underlined that Lithuania was helping Ukraine to restore the functionality of its energy sector following the recent Russian attacks on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure. Still, for these efforts to be sustainable, providing much better air defence systems to Ukraine is necessary. Lithuania supports Germany’s initiative to supply air defence systems to Ukraine and calls on other countries to participate more actively. 

    “Russia feels encouraged and escalates by planning hybrid kinetic attacks, including in our countries – the recent detentions in Germany, the Baltic states and Poland show that such efforts will only increase in the future; they can also be more aggressive,” Landsbergis said, calling for stronger coordination and sanctions pressure on Russia, Belarus and Iran. 

    “Russia should not be exempted concerning dual-use and advanced technology items. Given that the Lukashenko regime is helping Russia to circumvent sanctions, there is also an urgent need to tighten sanctions against Belarus. The Iranian drones, which were used to attack Ukraine daily and to carry out an unprecedented direct attack on Israel, still contain Western components; we also need to strengthen the sanctioning pressure on the ballistic missile manufacturing sector,” Landsbergis said. 

    During the Council, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister expressed his concerns over revived efforts by Georgia’s ruling party to pass the foreign agent law. Landsbergis called on the European Commission to present an assessment of Georgia’s steps in implementing the Commission’s recommendations. 

    “A country that aspires to become a member of the European Union and actively seeks to start negotiations, is actively seeking candidate status, and is taking the next steps must take into account both the rules and norms adopted by the organisation it wants to join,” Landsbergis said.

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