Russia won’t divide Europe – Steinmeier in Vilnius

Frank Walter Steinmeier
DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

“It is possible that the attempts exist and that they will exist in the future. There were attempts to do this but it was not successful,” the minister told Vilnius journalists when asked about Moscow’s possible decisions to allow imports of food products from selected countries.

“Discussions about this are underway in Europe, however, we can make common decisions. We had a discussion and the discussion was controversial, the decision has been made. I believe the attempts to divide Europe will not be successful,” the minister added.

Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said at a joint news conference that “the threat exists,” therefore, the European Union should be ready. In his words, it is very important for the European Commission to be responsible in this aspect.

The ministerial meeting focused on the efforts against the Russian propaganda. In a joint communique, the ministers said they agreed “to cooperate in supporting alternative Russian-speaking media,” with internships for Lithuanian journalists planned in Germany.

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