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2022.08.09 10:13

Lithuanian foreign minister plans to visit Odessa

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis is planning to visit Odessa, a city in southern Ukraine, to discuss Lithuania’s further assistance to Kyiv with Ukrainian officials.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis is planning to visit Odessa, a city in southern Ukraine, to discuss Lithuania’s further assistance to Kyiv with Ukrainian officials.

“There are such plans, and the specific dates are still being coordinated with Ukrainian colleagues. I hope I will be able to pay another visit [to Ukraine] soon. The plan would be to visit Odessa,” Landsbergis told LRT TV on Monday.

Moscow and Kyiv agreed in Istanbul last month to resume shipments of wheat and other grain from Ukrainian ports for the first time since Russia invaded its neighbour in February.

Under the deal, backed by the United Nations and brokered by Turkey, the first ship, loaded with 26,000 tons of maize, set off from Odessa on August 1 and reached its port of destination on Monday.

Landsbergis said he planned to travel to Odessa as Lithuania had “significantly contributed to the export of grain”.

Asked how Vilnius could further help Ukraine attacked by the Kremlin, the minister said it was mostly political and diplomatic assistance in “rallying support in international organisations”.