Sending peacekeepers to Ukraine but a "theoretical" possibility, Lithuanian foreign minister says
Friday, February 20, 2015
The Ukrainian request to deploy peace-keepers in its Eastern districts might be given theoretical consideration, if the situation stabilizes, Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius says, adding that this would require a change in Russia's negative stance.
Lithuanian Minister of National DefenceJuozas Olekas says that defence ministers of the European Union countries perceive the threat of a hybrid armed conflict rising from the East and the need for the EU to be ready to repel this threat.
The West must tighten the existing sanctions against Russia in response to Moscow's and pro-Russian separatists' failure to comply with the Minsk agreement, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė says.
Lithuania's representative at the United Nations (UN) Security Council Raimonda Murmokaitė has strongly criticized Russia for supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine, emphasizing the right for Ukrainians to defend their land amid the continued siege of the city of Debaltseve.
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.