Lithuanian foreign minister: EU should guide its decisions by actual situation in Russia, not illusions

Linas Linkevičius
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“I hope we will act according to the actual situation and actual assessment, not illusions. Our unity should serve as the impetus for the country with aggressive conduct to revise its conduct,” the minister told Brussels journalists.

Linkevičius emphasized he sees no reasons for revising the current policies or easing the sanctions for Russia, which the West has accused of providing support to separatists in Eastern Ukraine. In his words, the ceasefire was used to reinforce the separatists, which Linkevičius described as “terrorist groups.”

Relations with Russia and efforts against international terrorism will top the agenda of the meeting of EU foreign ministers.

The meeting is not expected to result in any specific decisions in connection to the sanctions, as decisions on the sanctions that were launched a year ago should be made in March and July this year.

Ukraine said on Sunday that governmental forces managed to push pro-Russian separatists out of nearly entire territory of the Donetsk airport. At least 14 people were killed in clashes over the weekend, including four Ukrainian soldiers.

The United Nations Security Council is Wednesday holding a meeting on Wednesday, as initiated by Lithuania, to discuss the Ukrainian crisis.

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