Russia has so far shown no positive signs in connection to the conflict in Ukraine, so there are no reasons to ease the European Union (EU) sanctions, Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius says.
Linas Linkevičius
© AFP/Scanpix

Linkevičius spoke the next day after EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in Riga she saw "some limited positive signs on the Russian side" over Ukraine.

The Lithuanian minister emphasized that Russia continued supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine and sending so-called humanitarian convoys, which cannot be checked by Ukrainian or Red Cross authorities.

"The objective information is that there are no facts of improvement, as (Russia) continues supporting armed groups, the so-called humanitarian convoys continue moving without any restrictions, there have been 11 times so far. Ukrainian or Red Cross officials have not been allowed anywhere near them," the minister told BNS on Friday.

In Linkevičius' words, the EU consistently sticks to its position of "revising the sanctions, in case the situation improves, and there is nothing new."

"However, I would like to argue with those talking about (positive) changes, as the situation we see is quite the opposite. Therefore, we should continue with the policies that have been in place until now, and there are currently no reasons to recall or ease the sanctions," said the foreign minister.

The EU took limited sanctions on Russia after it annexed the Ukrainian region of Crimea last March. The sanctions were tightened after a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet was gunned down above Eastern Ukraine in July 2014.

The economic sanctions are in effect for one year, with support of all EU countries needed to extend, tighten or cancel them.

According to data published by the United Nations, the war in Eastern Ukraine has already claimed over 4,700 lives.

BNS
Įvertink šį straipnį
Norėdami tobulėti, suteikiame jums galimybę įvertinti skaitomą DELFI turinį.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(0 žmonių įvertino)
0
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Lithuania now has substantial legal arguments to deny access for electricity produced in the unsafe Astravyets Plant

On 7 February 2019, the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in...

Overcoming of schisms goes further or the Ecumenical Patriarchate strikes back

The Patriarchate of Constantinople will expand its presence in Russia through the parishes of the...

Ukrainian, Lithuanian presidents meet on cooperation

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his Lithuanian counterpart Dalia Grybauskaitė met on...

Lithuanian, Ukrainian presidents to meet on security issues

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė is to meet with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko...

Seimas committees condemn Russian aggression against Ukraine

The Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on National Security and Defence of the Seimas...