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EU leaders on response to Russia’s aggressive policies

2021-05-08

At their late evening EU summit meeting, leaders discussed a solidarity-based response to Russia following the events in the Czech Republic.

President Gitanas Nausėda emphasized the need for a one-voice response to Russia’s aggressive posture. Lithuania expressed support to the Czech Republic after it expelled Russian intelligence agents working under diplomatic cover. The President urged EU leaders to follow the example of Lithuania and other like-minded member states in making resolute decisions based on solidarity. 

The President also called on EU leaders to demonstrate solidarity with Ukraine, fighting for its sovereignty and territorial integrity. According to the President, Russian aggression continues along Ukraine’s eastern borders. It threatens the EU’s security and cannot be tolerated. The President underlined the need for the European Union to make concrete decisions deterring Russia’s aggressive policies directed against neighboring countries. 

He called for effective support measures for the war-torn Ukraine. 

As he addressed EU leaders, the President highlighted the 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy, emphasizing that lessons had not been learned. He further said that the Ostrovets nuclear power plant, which did not meet international security standards, was a real threat to the entire European Union. 

Copies of the drama series “Chernobyl” filmed in Lithuania were presented to leaders as a symbolic reminder of the tragic disaster. 

A more extensive discussion on the EU's relations with Russia is planned for the next European Council scheduled for May 25-26.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2021.05.08 00:54

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