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Landsbergis meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands: “Europe’s future is decided in Ukraine today”

Created: 2024.04.15 / Updated: 2024.04.15 13:53
      Landsbergis meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands: “Europe’s future is decided in Ukraine today”
      Landsbergis meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands: “Europe’s future is decided in Ukraine today”
      Landsbergis meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands: “Europe’s future is decided in Ukraine today”
      Landsbergis meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands: “Europe’s future is decided in Ukraine today”
      Landsbergis meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands: “Europe’s future is decided in Ukraine today”

      On April 15, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabrielius Landsbergis, met with the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hanke Bruins Slot. The Foreign Ministers discussed defence and security, the strengthening of NATO’s eastern flank, support for Ukraine, the situation in the Middle East, topical issues of the EU, and bilateral relations.

      “We discussed the situation in the Middle East, condemning Iran’s unprecedented attack on Israel. Further escalation and its spread in the Middle East would have very disastrous consequences for the region and also for Ukraine, which has fought against Russia’s aggression. However, it is evident that Iran, like Russia, feels encouraged by Western hesitation. We must immediately step up sanctions against Iran for its efforts to destabilise the region. Furthermore, we must  increase support for Ukraine in the light of Russia’s aggression,” Landsbergis said.

      During the meeting, Landsbergis thanked his Dutch counterpart for the significant contribution to the security of NATO’s eastern flank.

      “We work closely together on defence. The Netherlands was one of the first countries to participate in the air policing mission in Lithuania in 2005. The country is also starting to implement a rotational air defence model this year. The Baltic region is the Alliance's front line of defence. Therefore, special attention must be paid to it, and Dutch troops in Lithuania contribute significantly to this,” Landsbergis said.

      According to the Foreign Ministers, Europe’s future is decided in Ukraine today, and what it will be like depends heavily on our timely support.

      “Ammunition, air defence, long-range artillery, drones—we support all means and initiatives to help Ukraine acquire the necessary weapons as soon as possible. At the same time, we must substantially increase the production scale of our defence industry,” Lithuania’s Foreign Minister said.

      Landsbergis noted that in helping Ukraine, we needed to maintain and further increase pressure on Russia. The 14th sanctions package is under preparation, in which we emphasise the importance of introducing sectoral sanctions, including a ban on imports of liquefied gas from Russia and a refusal to cooperate with the Russian nuclear industry. It is crucial that EU countries work together and consistently to prevent the circumvention of sanctions.
       
      At the meeting, Landsbergis stressed that EU accession talks with Ukraine should start as early as June this year, and we must take another step in bringing Ukraine closer to NATO at the NATO summit in Washington, D.C., in July.

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