2019.05.22 09:03

Lithuanian MFA calls on Germany to consider Ukraine's interests

BNS 2019.05.22 09:03

Linas Linkevičius called on Germany to take into account Ukraine's economic and political interests, during the annual '3+1' foreign ministers' meeting between the Baltic states and Germany.

Germany should "take into account the ongoing institutional change in Ukraine, when considering its debt terms, to seek specific commitments by Russia regarding its gas transit through Ukraine after the launch of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, as well as to seek the release of Ukrainian seamen, who were still in Russian captivity," Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Linkevičius also "thanked Germany for its military contribution to NATO's efforts to ensure Baltic security," and stressed the need to "increase NATO's deterrence and defense capabilities, and to strengthen the EU-NATO security cooperation".

Speaking about the EU Eastern Partnership program, the Lithuanian foreign minister expressed hope that a deeper integration of Eastern Partners with the EU would be achieved until the summit during Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2020.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the “3+1” format.