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Making any concessions to Russia would increase the threat to European security, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Friday.

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Her comments came after the EU extended economic sanctions against Russia for another six months.

"The European Union takes a firm and consistent position that sanctions against Russia are continued until the Minsk agreements are fully implemented," Grybauskaite said.

"Any concessions would prompt Russia's aggressive policy and increase the threat to the security of Ukraine and the whole of Europe," she said.

The economic sanctions, which target the oil, financial and defence sectors of the Russian economy, were introduced after the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines flight in July 2014, blamed on pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine.

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