The Lithuanian, Estonian, Ukrainian and Swedish foreign ministers issued a joint statement in Tallinn on Tuesday, condemning Russia's actions in Ukraine and also voicing support to Kiev's European integration aspirations.
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"The ministers committed to support Ukraine's efforts to become a flourishing member of European democracies, as well as in the EU's Eastern Partnership format," Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

"The statement also underlines the need to resolve the military conflict in eastern Ukraine through the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, and also strongly condemns Russian aggression violating Ukraine's territorial integrity," the ministry's statement says.

Kiev once again turned to the West in 2014 following mass protests that forced pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych to flee after he refused to sign the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

Soon afterwards, Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula and started supported separatists in the east of the country.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius also attended the first information consultations between the Lithuanian and Estonian Ministries of Foreign Affairs. Such consultations have been regularly held with Latvia for the past couple of years.

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