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2021.12.03 10:05

Lithuanian president calls for pressure on Minsk during meeting with Ukrainian, Polish counterparts

BNS2021.12.03 10:05

The Lithuanian president said the EU and NATO need to keep up pressure on Minsk as he discussed the security situation in the region with his Polish and Ukrainian counterparts on Thursday.

“Gitanas Nausėda underlined Lithuania’s solidarity with Poland which today bears the brunt of the hybrid attack,” the Lithuanian president's office said in a press release after his remote meeting with Andrzej Duda and Volodymyr Zelensky.

“The president noted that we needed to keep the EU and NATO focused and maintain proper solidarity and a united response to the hybrid attack,” it said.

In their trilateral statement, the three presidents “expressed their commitment to further developing strategic partnership between Ukraine, Lithuania, and Poland based on shared values and common interests in the fields of security and defence, economy, energy, and other areas”.

They also “reiterated their commitment to maintaining and developing a close partnership within the Lublin Triangle format”.

Nausėda said during the meeting that “Lithuania supports Ukraine's sovereign choice and European aspirations, which are today more important than ever”.

“The declaration and recognition of Ukraine's independence 30 years ago became an important milestone on the way to a full-fledged reunification of Europe, and today's topical issues only bring our countries and Europe as a whole closer together,” he was quoted in the press release.

More than 4,200 irregular migrants have crossed into Lithuania from Belarus so far this year. Nearly 8,000 more have been pushed back at the border.

Lithuania and the EU have accused the Minsk regime of orchestrating the migrant crisis, calling it “hybrid aggression”.

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