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The President: We must adhere to agreed principles and European values in relations with Russia


President Nausėda continues his visit to Brussels where he attends the European Council meeting. Thursday’s evening session focused on relations with Russia.

“I am strongly opposed to some proposals for closer political dialogue with Russia if it fails to implement the Minsk agreements, continues the occupation of Crimea, disregards human rights and freedoms, ignores international law and the principles of the rule of law when dealing with civil society and the free media, as well as continues its attempts to rewrite history and initiates cyber and information wars against the EU member states and Eastern Partnership countries,” the President said.

EU leaders agreed that Europe’s position in its approach to Russia must be long-term, united and based on the five agreed principles. Russia must fully implement the Minsk agreements, and the European Union must be prepared for a coordinated response as Russia continues to pursue its aggressive policies.

“I am pleased that the leaders of European Union member states have reaffirmed the European aspirations of Eastern Partnership countries and their pro-European choice, and condemned the deteriorating situation of human rights and freedoms in Russia," the President said.

This meeting concluded the discussions launched by EU leaders in May this year. 

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Last updated 2021.06.25 11:15