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2021.03.26 09:24

‘Irresponsible’ to reset relations with Russia as war in Ukraine ongoing, says Lithuanian president

BNS2021.03.26 09:24

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said it’s irresponsible to talk about a reset in relations between the European Union and Moscow due to the ongoing war in eastern Ukraine.

“The situation in Ukraine does not improve, on the contrary, it continues to get worse. [...] People are dying, that’s the most terrible thing. And that is essentially due to Russia’s aggressive actions,” he said after a European Council meeting on Thursday.

“Hence it would be irresponsible [...] to talk about some resetting of relations in such circumstances,” the Lithuanian president added.

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According to Nausėda, the EU should continue “to apply those principles, which we have established… not to wander off its path”.

On Wednesday, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell qualified Russia as a dangerous neighbour.

However, Borrell still called for continuing dialogue to discuss such issues as the Iran nuclear deal and the climate change.