Lithuania's Foreign Minister Landsbergis wishes North Macedonia to smoothly continue its EU accession negotiations, calls for maintaining a principled position on Russia
On 9 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia Bujar Osmani and thanked the country for fully aligning with the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy decisions, imposing sanctions on Moscow, and its significant assistance to Ukraine, including military. Landsbergis requested the Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia to maintain a principled position on Russia's military aggression against Ukraine during the upcoming Chairman of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
"While on the path to the EU, you are already implementing an exemplary values-based policy, which sets a good example for others. We greatly appreciate your strong position, and thank you for providing important assistance to Ukraine. Although our countries are small, working hand in hand we can significantly help the Ukrainians in their struggle", said Landsbergis, urging North Macedonia to support the initiative for the creation of a Special Tribunal to prosecute crimes of Russia's aggression.
Landsbergis was also delighted that the EU opened accession negotiations with the Western Balkan country in 2022 after many years. Lithuania's Foreign Minister emphasized the positive progress made by North Macedonia during this year, as announced by the European Commission, called for continuing the key reforms on the path to European integration, wished endurance in the country's accession negotiations, and promised Lithuania's strong support for North Macedonia.
Landsbergis and Osmani discussed North Macedonia's upcoming OSCE Chairmanship and the NATO summit in 2023 in Vilnius. North Macedonia joined the NATO as its 30th ally. The country became the Alliance's newest member in 2020.
The meeting also discussed the security situation in the Western Balkans region, and challenges facing the energy sector.
On 9 and 10 November in Vilnius, the chief of North Macedonia's diplomacy is participating in the Future of Democracy Forum, which was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Foreign Minister will also meet with the Speaker of the Seimas (Parliament) of Lithuania Viktorija Čmilyte-Nielsen and will visit the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence in Vilnius.