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Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Landsbergis in Brussels: “The Ukrainians have been starved of ammunition. It’s a miracle that they can withstand so far”

Created: 2024.02.19 / Updated: 2024.02.19 13:56
      Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Landsbergis in Brussels: “The Ukrainians have been starved of ammunition. It’s a miracle that they can withstand so far”
      Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Landsbergis in Brussels: “The Ukrainians have been starved of ammunition. It’s a miracle that they can withstand so far”

      Today, on 19 February in Brussels, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabrielius Landsbergis, attends the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union. The head of Lithuania’s diplomacy spoke on assistance to Ukraine, sanctions against Russia and other issues.

      Landsbergis believes that the EU’s 13th package of sanctions against Russia does not meet the needs of the actual security situation and that the proposal to sanction several hundred people is too small.

      “The package will be adopted, but the question is which one. We are in a completely technical stage. The problem is the equipment. The problem is the ammunition. The Ukrainians have been starved of ammunition. So it’s a miracle that they can withstand so far. And we are talking about sanctions packages. Now it’s the very least that we could do. We need big decisions that would reform the way we think about this,” Landsbergis told journalists in Brussels.

      According to Lithuania’s Foreign Minister, the West must act now, provide adequate support to Ukraine and rush to strengthen its readiness in the face of emerging risks.

      “I think that we should admit that there is nothing regular about the situation in which Europe finds itself. And if we don’t admit the fact, we may find ourselves in even worse circumstances. First of all, I am talking about Ukraine. We spent two years discussing and trying to figure out how to help Ukraine bit by bit. Unfortunately, since we did not formulate a strategic goal for what we are trying to achieve, we cannot declare that we are in this for victory. It brought us to a situation which is not getting any better. And if we don’t wake up to this new reality if we don’t put our heads together and find the solutions that would be new, creative, that will reform the battlefield, then, unfortunately, I don’t think that we will be listening to much good news in the future,” Landsbergis said.
       

      Arrival and doorstep by Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabrielius Landsbergis, at the Foreign Affairs Council on 19 February 2024 in Brussels

       

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