Foreign Minister Linkevičius on France selling warships to Russia: Economy trumps common sense
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius, who arrived for a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Tuesday, voiced a cautious position on economic sanctions against Russia, but called for imposing movement restrictions for officials close to the Kremlin and stopping sales of weaponry to Russia.
Lithuania is calling for immediate tightening of sanctions, starting with an arms embargo, against Russia following the Malaysian Airlines plane crash which was likely caused by a surface-to-air missile launched by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, the Baltic country's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Monday.
The proposal by UK Prime Minister Theresa May for European Union (EU) citizens present in the country should ease tensions among the Lithuanians living in great Britain, says Daiva Asanavičiūtė, the leader of the local Lithuanian community.
The European Union (EU) should consolidate in the field of defense and countries of the euro area should also deepen their cooperation, Spain's Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis said in Vilnius on Wednesday.