Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Landsbergis: “Proposals for softening hard-achieved sanctions against Russia raise concerns”
Today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis and the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs of the United Nations Rosemary A. DiCarlo discussed the role of the UN in pursuing Russia’s accountability for aggression against Ukraine.
“We feel the global consequences of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine; we have seen Russia instrumentalise energy resources and their prices, and Russia’s targeted efforts to push Ukraine out of the global food market continue. Russia’s challenge facing international law and the rules-based order soon unleashed a wave of instability that spread across other parts of the world. All of this tests our strength. We must rally and do everything we can to ensure Ukraine’s victory, justice and accountability for those responsible for the crime of aggression and war crimes. Only Ukraine’s victory will ensure the stability of the international system,” Landsbergis said.
The head of Lithuania’s diplomacy noted that there was no alternative to the isolation of Russia. Thus, Lithuania is seriously concerned about proposals to soften sanctions against Russia.
The meeting discussed ways to facilitate Ukrainian grain exports to global markets and the potential of Baltic ports to contribute to these efforts. “We can contribute to the efforts of the UN and the European Union to increase Ukrainian grain exports through our port, which will help Ukraine, food-insecure countries and increase pressure on Russia,” Landsbergis said.