Lithuania's Foreign Minister Landsbergis: A breakthrough in the war will depend on providing continued military assistance to Ukraine
On 18 July in Brussels, Belgium, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis attended the Foreign Affairs Council and discussed Russia’s war against Ukraine, the EU’s next steps in providing comprehensive support for Ukraine, including its reconstruction. The Council reached a political agreement on the allocation of another EUR 500 million for military assistance to Ukraine.
“Against the backdrop of Russia's aggression against Ukraine, the EU and our partners have shown unprecedented unity and determination. We must continue along this path and help Ukraine win the war. A breakthrough in the war will depend on providing continued military assistance to Ukraine. Thus, it is crucial to ensure that the assistance is sustainable and long-lived," Landsbergis said. He also welcomed the announcement of additional EUR 500 million package in military aid for Ukraine under the European Peace Facility (EPF).
Lithuania's Foreign Minister also stressed the need to further tighten sanctions against Russia and to work together with international organisations to hold Russia accountable for war crimes and human rights violations in Ukraine.
According to Landsbergis, the post-conflict recovery and reconstruction process should be closely linked to the implementation of indispensable reforms in Ukraine, which would bring EU and Ukraine closer together.
“Last week in Lugano we discussed a plan for Ukraine’s recovery and reconstruction, and our assistance in this matter. It is time to move from talk to action. After the European Council's historic decision to grant the status of candidate country to Ukraine, the EU, together with the Ukrainian Government and international partners, should lead Ukraine's reconstruction, paying close attention to the implementation of reforms that will bring Ukraine closer to EU membership," Landsbergis said, stressing the importance of finding ways to confiscate Russian assets and use them to rebuild Ukraine.
Ministers also discussed further steps in the development of EU digital diplomacy.
“Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine represents the threat to economic development and democracy, which is posed by hybrid attacks on strategic infrastructure, the abuse of digital technology and manipulation of information. To ensure the EU’s security in an increasingly digitalised world, it is important not only to strengthen our capacities and societal resilience to digital threats, but also to deepen cooperation with our partners, particularly in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Western Balkans, as well as to provide assistance to them in the digital sphere,” the Foreign Minister said, urging the EU to take the leading role in shaping an international approach to these threats, while ensuring full respect for fundamental rights and freedoms.
The Council also agreed on a more concerted European approach to the challenges posed by new digital technologies and approved conclusions on EU digital diplomacy.
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