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2021.06.18 09:40

Lithuania welcomes Biden's ‘clear message’ to Putin

BNS2021.06.18 09:40

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda says he welcomes Joe Biden's message to Vladimir Putin about Moscow's “harmful activities” in Central and Eastern Europe.

“The president finds it particularly important that the US leader has sent a clear message to Putin that Russia’s aggressive attitude and harmful activities against the allies, including activities in Ukraine, Georgia and influence in Belarus, will not be tolerated and will prompt robust response,” the Lithuanian president’s Communication Group said on Thursday.

US and Russian presidents praised their meeting in Geneva as “constructive” and “positive”, but the two leaders remained at odds over human rights and cybersecurity.

Before the summit with Putin, Biden, while on his first trip to Europe as US president, took part in the summits of G7 and NATO.

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While visiting Brussels, he also held a meeting with the leaders of the Baltic countries.

During the four-party meeting, US president responded to the concerns expressed by the Baltic leaders about the outcome of his summit with Putin in Geneva and assured that “NATO allies will be defended and Article 5 [of the NATO Treaty] is a sacred obligation”, Nausėda’s representatives told BNS.

“He assured the Baltic countries that no agreements can and will be made at the cost of our security,” the Communication Group said.

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