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Landsbergis at the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council: “Ukraine has already done its homework in implementing the recommendations for the opening of EU negotiations, which we need to assess accordingly, starting accession negotiations as soon as possible”

Created: 2024.03.18 / Updated: 2024.03.19 08:54
    Landsbergis at the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council: “Ukraine has already done its homework in implementing the recommendations for the opening of EU negotiations, which we need to assess accordingly, starting accession negotiations as soon as possible”

    On 18 March in Brussels, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabrielius Landsbergis, attended the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council.

    Initially, ministers formally exchanged views with the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken via videoconference.

    “It’s high time we erased the red lines and took decisive action to change Russia’s calculations. We need to plan concrete measures necessary for Ukraine’s victory. Macron’s initiative and the Czech initiative to purchase ammunition, which Lithuania has joined, are inspirational examples,” Landsbergis said during the discussion.

    Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, remotely updated his EU counterparts on the latest developments and Ukraine’s current priorities.

    “Ukraine has already done its homework in implementing the recommendations for the opening of EU negotiations, which we need to assess accordingly, starting accession negotiations as soon as possible,” said the head of Lithuania’s diplomacy.

    The Council decided to allocate €5 billion under the European Peace Facility to the military support of Ukraine and establish a new dedicated Ukraine Assistance Fund.

    EU leaders discussed new sanctions against Russia and Belarus. EU ministers also agreed to finalize sanctions against those responsible for the murder of Alexei Navalny. In addition, a group of countries highlighted the need for new sectoral sanctions against Belarus.

    “Let us not forget that prisons are full of Russian and Belarusian political prisoners. For this and many other reasons, Belarus must be subject to the same sanctions as Russia,” Landsbergis said.

    Ministers also discussed the situation in the Middle East, in particular in the Gaza Strip and the provision of humanitarian aid, tensions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the security situation in the region, including in the Red Sea, and the possibility to restart the Middle East peace process.
     
    The EU Foreign Affairs Council also discussed the EU’s efforts to contribute to the Armenia-Azerbaijan normalization process and possible EU support measures to strengthen Armenia’s democratic reforms and resilient responses to external pressures.

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