Put pressure on Moscow, not Kiev, to end war in Ukraine, Lithuanian minister says
Thursday, January 28, 2016
The international community should not demand that the Ukrainian government grants autonomy to its eastern regions until Russia ensures security in the region, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius argues in an op-ed piece published in the Wall Street Journal.
The future of international sanctions against Russia depends primarily on whether Moscow will implement the Minsk agreements on the settlement of the military conflict in Ukraine, said Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius on Tuesday at his annual press conference.
Although the European Union recently agreed to extend sanctions on Russian companies until July of this year, divisions among EU members states are beginning to emerge, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said.
Alexei Venediktov, the editor-in-chief of Echo Moskvy, spoke to Delfi about the threat of escalation in the tensions between Russia and the Baltics. His radio station is considered by many to be the last major independent media outlet in Russia, and has run into trouble with Russian government media regulators in the past.
If Moscow forced Minsk to export its oil products via Russian railways and ports, that would be economically unviable and dangerous for Belarus, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that Vilnius and Warsaw are gradually moving to a new stage of better relations and hopes that Lithuanian politicians will solve the highly contentious issue of the spelling of Polish names in Lithuanian personal documents.
The leaked recordings of conversations between Poland's former foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski and then CEO of oil company Orlen, Jacek Krawiec, about investments in Mažeikiai oil refinery in Lithuania do not reflect the position of the current Polish government, Warsaw said on Wednesday.