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2015.09.08 13:45

President’s Grybauskaitė Annual Presser

Algirdas Acus 2015.09.08 13:45

President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė, during her annual press conference dedicated to overview developments over the year, has stated that a dialogue with Russia is impossible until Moscow is engaged in aggression and supports terrorists in the Eastern Ukraine.

President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė, during her annual press conference dedicated to overview developments over the year, has stated that a dialogue with Russia is impossible until Moscow is engaged in aggression and supports terrorists in the Eastern Ukraine.

Grybauskaitė said that there is no background to end sanctions aimed at Russia. EU's economic sanctions are due to expire in July. Extending them requires support from all 28 EU nations.

French President Francois Hollande stated on Monday that rigid Western sanctions should be recalled, if progress is achieved in the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis.

Grybauskaitė has also stated that Lithuania will use recently adopted Euro as a tool to follow policy of responsible fiscal discipline and noted that Greece failed to take necessary measures in due time and therefore now is facing serious difficulties.

There are speculations that Greece may exit the euro area if Syriza, an anti-austerity radical leftist party, wins a snap poll this month.

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Grybauskaitė arrives at the presser

Soundbite (Lithuanian)

DALIA GRYBAUSKAITĖ, President of Lithuania:
As long as Russia continues aggression, as long as Russia supports terrorists in the Eastern Ukraine, the dialogue practically is impossible.

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Soundbite (Lithuanian)

DALIA GRYBAUSKAITĖ, President of Lithuania:
Those targeted sanctions give results, and if projected for a medium and long term, they will be even more effective. But time and patience is needed. There are no grounds to talk about ending sanctions, because the situation and actions of Russia in the Eastern Ukraine and elsewhere remain unchanged.

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Soundbite (Lithuanian)

DALIA GRYBAUSKAITĖ, President of Lithuania:
Regarding the situation in Greece, it is totally understandable that the country, even on the edge of bankruptcy, failed to implement radical tools and did not manage during this period of time to build background for the growth in the future, and therefore is experiencing such difficulties. Lithuania has always abided pragmatically responsible fiscal policy, so that Euro for us is just a tool to keep following such policy.

Grybauskaitė leaves the presser