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Gabrielius Landsbergis in Brussels: “Insufficient amount of ammunition forced Ukraine to retreat”

Created: 2024.02.19 / Updated: 2024.02.20 10:32
    Gabrielius Landsbergis in Brussels: “Insufficient amount of ammunition forced Ukraine to retreat”

    On 19 February in Brussels, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabrielius Landsbergis, attended the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council and discussed Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and situations in the Middle East and the Sahel region.

    “The lack of ammunition has forced Ukraine to retreat. Finally, Europe may face threats that will test NATO’s strength. Such an approach cannot be called pessimistic – this is already a reality,” Landsbergis said.

    Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, also spoke at the Foreign Affairs Council. According to the Foreign Minister, the 13th sanctions package should be adopted immediately. Thus, there is a need to immediately begin to draft the new package with strong sectoral sanctions targeting the circumvention of sanctions and further slowing down Russia’s war machine.

    The Council also discussed the situation in the Middle East, the need to seek the release of the remaining hostages taken from Israel by Hamas and a deepening humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. Ministers exchanged views with the United Nations Senior Humanitarian and Reconstruction Coordinator for Gaza, Sigrid Kaag, on practical possibilities to facilitate humanitarian aid.

    The Council launched EUNAVFOR ASPIDES, the EU defensive maritime security operation intended to restore and safeguard freedom of navigation in the Red Sea and the Gulf.

    The  Council meeting also touched on Belarus and approved conclusions confirming the EU’s unwavering support for civil society and condemning the current regime for its repression of democracy, disrespect of human rights, and complicity in Russia’s war against Ukraine.

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