Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Landsbergis in a meeting with EU ambassadors: “We must stand by Ukraine without fatigue or fear until its final victory”
On 11 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with Ambassadors of the European Union (EU) countries who reside in Lithuania and are accredited to Lithuania. They discussed the most pressing issues of EU foreign policy.
After expressing his support for the common goal of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU to strengthen the EU’s unity in the context of growing geopolitical tensions, Landsbergis noted that only Ukraine’s final victory against Russia’s aggression would ensure the security and stability of Ukraine and its neighbours, and Europe, allowing to avoid wider geopolitical consequences.
“We have to make it clear how we see the end of Russia’s war against Ukraine – that is, Ukraine’s victory – and strategically plan support for Ukraine. We must give Ukraine not what we have in the warehouses, but what it needs in the battlefield,” Landsbergis said.
According to Landsbergis, the strategic approach of Western partners will determine the situation in other regions, where unstability hot spots jump out, testing Western geopolitical strength.
The European perspectives of Ukraine, Moldova and other EU partners were also discussed. According to Landsbergis, at the end of this year, the EU will have to make strategic decisions on further steps in the EU integration process with Ukraine and Moldova: “The EU enlargement is a value-based and merit-based process. And at the same time, it is the most successful geopolitical instrument of the EU. Hopefully, after evaluating the progress of reforms in Ukraine and Moldova, we will invite these countries to start accession negotiations this December. The Western Balkan countries also need to move along the European path, and they are an important part of the enlargement debate”.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister also highlighted the importance of progress in Ukraine’s integration into NATO in preparation for the next NATO summit in Washington, where it would be necessary to talk about Ukraine and the next steps.
The meeting also discussed implementing sanctions against Russia and Belarus, and Lithuania’s actions to combat their circumvention.
The Embassy of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union organised the meeting. The four priorities of the Spanish Presidency include reindustrialising the EU, making progress on ecological transition, social and economic justice and strengthening European unity.