Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis: Today's most important take away after the Foreign Affairs Council — we have succeeded in bringing transatlantic unity
On 24 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis attended the Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels. Ministers continued the discussion on the European security situation that took place on 13-14 January in Brest, France. Ministers also discussed the situation remotely with the United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
“Today's most important take away after the Foreign Affairs Council, during which we also exchanged views via video teleconference with the U.S. Secretary State Anthony Blinken, is that we have succeeded in bringing transatlantic unity. Both the European and NATO allies see the threat the same way. One of Putin’s victories would be to split the West. He has failed — we see eye to eye," said Landsbergis.
According to Landsbergis, we must also be prepared to react quickly and strictly to Russia’s possible actions, be it a limited invasion of Ukraine or provocative operations near the Ukrainian border, cyberattacks or gas supply disruptions.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister believes that the diplomatic negotiation track is important and necessary. But it may be not enough to deter Russia from taking further action. “We must continue our political and practical support for Ukraine, which faces a huge threat as a result of its sovereign right to choose a European and transatlantic path. We are grateful to the countries that have already offered their military assistance to Ukraine. It is also important to provide both the EU assistance to boost the country’s resilience and to agree as soon as possible on a professional EU military training mission in Ukraine”.
The Foreign Affairs Council also adopted conclusions on the European security situation. The Council reaffirmed its full support to Ukraine and clarified that any further military aggression against Ukraine would have serious consequences.
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