Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Landsbergis at the meeting with Tsahkna: “We work together to tackle threats to European and global security”
On April 19, after a meeting with the new Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Margus Tsahkna, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis noted that both countries had constantly urged allies to increase the pace of assistance to Ukraine further and sought to demonstrate tangible progress at the NATO summit in Vilnius, as Ukraine was approaching its membership of the organisation.
“We aim that the obvious interests of both countries — the reinforcement of NATO’s eastern flank and a clear message testifying to the deepening of the Ukraine-NATO political partnership, the closest possible involvement of Ukraine in NATO structures and processes, tangible progress towards Ukraine’s accession — would be recorded as clearly as possible during the NATO summit in Vilnius in July,” Landsbergis said.
The Foreign Minister welcomed that Estonia had joined Lithuania’s proposals for the 11th package of sanctions.
“We agree on sanctions against Russia and Belarus. There is also a need for greater coordination in implementing sanctions in our region practically. Lithuania and Estonia support the creation of a special international tribunal to prosecute the crime of aggression. Lithuania and Estonia are also constantly urging allies to increase the momentum in assisting Ukraine. We will actively participate in the reconstruction process of Ukraine and advocate substantial assistance in accelerating the country’s integration into the European Union,” the head of Lithuania’s diplomacy said.
At the meeting, Landsbergis also highlighted that the two countries must complete joint critical infrastructure projects ensuring energy independence and military and trade connectivity with other NATO and EU countries.
On 19 April, Estonia’s new Foreign Minister Tsahkna is visiting Vilnius. It is his second visit abroad. Tsahkna was appointed the Foreign Minister on 17 April, when the new Estonian cabinet was sworn in. The Government was formed after Estonia’s parliamentary elections on 5 March.