Lithuanian Foreign Minister Landsbergis during his visit in Odesa: only complete expulsion of Russians from Zaporizhzhia may secure the nuclear safety in Europe
On September 14, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense of Ireland, Simon Coveney, visited Odesa (Ukraine), where they met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba. At the meeting, G. Landsbergis emphasized the necessity to ensure the safety of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in order to avoid a nuclear catastrophe in Europe. To achieve this, complete expulsion of the Russian occupation forces, with the help of the international community and coalition of the willing is needed.
"Russia’s attacks on Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is a real danger and Europe shall understand it. We shall learn from the painful lessons of the past, when the Soviets caused a massive nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, killing rescuers, poisoning Ukraine and irradiating all of Europe. In the meantime, the Moscow regime is using the Zaporizhzhia NPP as a blackmailing tool and is pushing the whole of Europe into a nuclear danger. The only way to prevent the disaster is to establish an internationally supervised safe zone at the Zaporizhzhia NPP and expel the Russian occupants from there. I think that an international coalition would help to get out of this impasse," emphasized Gabrielius Landsbergis.
During the visit, the ministers also visited the port of Odesa, where they met with the authorities of Odesa Sea Trade Port. At the meeting Gabrielius Landsbergis said that Lithuania has consistently supported the efforts to rebuild Ukrainian export routes vital both for Ukraine and the regions outside Europe. According to him, by blocking Ukrainian ports, Russia is weaponising the shortage of food/famine.
"Today we witnessed that the agreement on Ukrainian grain exports is working, despite Russia's attempts to manipulate the facts," said the foreign minister.
Gabrielius Landsbergis also met with the head of the military administration of the Odesa region, Maksim Marchenko, who informed the ministers about the security situation in the Odesa region. Gabrielius Landsbergis emphasized that Lithuania was and is one of the main supporters of Ukraine. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania emphasized the duty of the international community to ensure that Russia is held accountable for the crimes committed in Ukraine.
"We understand well that Ukraine is fighting for our freedom and security. Lithuania will continue providing all kind of support and mobilizing the support of the international community for Ukraine," said Gabrielius Landsbergis.