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2021.09.15 09:13

Slovenia urges EU leaders to back Lithuania over China

LRT.lt2021.09.15 09:13

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša has urged EU leaders to back Lithuania in the summit on October 6, Politico Europe in Brussels reported on Wednesday morning.

“We must show more proactive and assertive solidarity with Lithuania. We must show China that we stand with each other, and that we will not let China threaten any of us,” Janša wrote in a letter to leaders of EU member states.

Lithuania’s relations with China have deteriorated after Vilnius left the 17+1 economic forum, recognised the repressions against the Uighur minority as a “genocide”, and has agreed to host a “Taiwanese” de facto embassy.

In the ensuing diplomatic spat, the two countries have now both withdrawn their ambassadors for consultations.

An EU diplomat approached by Politico criticised Lithuania’s position, saying “EU foreign policy would be so much better and more effective if we all agreed on a joint policy first and then took joint action in solidarity with each other”.

“Instead, member states still too often go it alone first – and when there is a pushback, they call for EU solidarity and support.”

Read more: Delegation from Taiwan to visit Lithuania in October

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