Immunity to influence important in EU-Russia relations, say Lithuanian officials

Benediktas Juodka
DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

It was agreed that Lithuania’s position would remain clear and consistent: any positive changes in EU-Russian relations will have to start with Russian domestic and foreign policy changes, the country’s efforts to strengthen democracy and respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms, and support for the principles of international law both in Russia and in its relationships with other countries. The EU’s current economic sanctions should continue to be strongly linked to the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements by Russia, as was decided on 19-20 March by European leaders.

“When it comes to EU-Russian relations, Lithuania has always been in favour of cooperation based on democratic values, international law and principles. When dealing with issues concerning relations with Russia, it is very important to preserve and step up the EU’s solidarity, to speak with one voice and to be immune to various influence measures taken by Russia,” MP Benediktas Juodka, head of the Seimas Committee on Foreign Affairs, said.

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