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Landsbergis meets with the Foreign Minister of Latvia: “Russia poses the biggest direct, long-term threat”

Created: 2024.05.10 / Updated: 2024.05.10 15:22
      Landsbergis meets with the Foreign Minister of Latvia: “Russia poses the biggest direct, long-term threat”
      Landsbergis meets with the Foreign Minister of Latvia: “Russia poses the biggest direct, long-term threat”
      Landsbergis meets with the Foreign Minister of Latvia: “Russia poses the biggest direct, long-term threat”
      Landsbergis meets with the Foreign Minister of Latvia: “Russia poses the biggest direct, long-term threat”
      Landsbergis meets with the Foreign Minister of Latvia: “Russia poses the biggest direct, long-term threat”

      On May 10, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabrielius Landsbergis, met with Latvia’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs, Baiba Braže, in Vilnius. The Foreign Ministers discussed the region’s geopolitical situation, the need to increase military support for Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s war of aggression, the accountability of the aggressor Russia and its accomplice Belarus, and infrastructure projects.

      “The neighbourhood links Lithuania and Latvia, the closest possible cooperation within NATO and the European Union, and a close friendship. We share a Baltic identity, history, a common assessment of today’s geopolitical challenges and a very similar approach to what and how we need to do to overcome them,” said Landsbergis, welcoming his counterpart who chose Lithuania for one of his first visits. 

      According to the head of Lithuania’s diplomacy, current security challenges and threats help to further strengthen bilateral and regional cooperation between the eight Nordic and Baltic countries. Landsbergis noted that the Baltic states were leaders among Ukraine’s supporters and worked together to ensure that other countries, especially large and economically capable countries, would contribute significantly to Ukraine’s victory. 

      “Ukraine’s victory over the aggressor Russia is a prerequisite for the return of peace to the European continent. For this, Ukraine needs to receive much more military support and air defence systems, and we need to take significant steps towards Ukraine’s membership in the EU and NATO. Ukraine’s place is in the European and Euro-Atlantic family, and it is eagerly awaited,” Landsbergis said. 

      The Foreign Ministers discussed the latest manifestations of Russia’s aggression – diversion operations – and insisted that they had a common understanding: it is necessary to act decisively to prevent these attacks and impose sanctions on persons executing the operations or otherwise involved in them. 

      “Russia poses the biggest direct, long-term threat. Together with our partners, we must intensify our work on devising a comprehensive strategy to deter Russia, create strategic dilemmas for it, impose new tight sanctions, prevent their circumvention, and strengthen the international isolation of Russia and Belarus,” Landsbergis said. 

      Landsbergis noted that today, the so-called Core Group was meeting in Vilnius to create a special international tribunal to prosecute the crime of aggression against Ukraine.

      At the meeting, the Foreign Ministers also discussed infrastructure projects—the synchronisation of the Baltic states' electricity grid with the Continental European Network, the development of the International North-South Transport Corridor, and the final transition to European standards to ensure the integrity of the region, defence mobility, and business interests. 

      Braže is a professional diplomat who previously worked in the Latvian diplomatic service and NATO structures and was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia on April 19, 2024, after the resignation of the former Foreign Minister Krišjānis Kariņš.

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