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.
Linas Linkevičius
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"We will, first of all, speak out in favour of extending targeted measures, now and without waiting for the end of the month, against persons who are taking part in making these decisions. And, of course, it's time to impose an arms embargo. We all agree that it's aggression, so it would be illogical to trade arms with an aggressor," Linkevičus told the national television LRT's news service.

In his words, there's growing evidence that Russia's support for separatists in eastern Ukraine is growing, including supply of military equipment and training of fighters.

"We are talking about these facts one could hardly explain. Statements are made on de-escalation and at the same time heavy military equipment is being taken across the border – tanks, missile systems (...) those specific systems which likely to have shot the passenger plane down," Linkevičius said.

The Lithuanian foreign minister is set to discuss possible sanctions against Russia at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Tuesday.

BNS
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