Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Landsbergis: “Together with Romania and other countries, we need to urge our partners not to fear the Kremlin’s threats and to defend our values and Ukraine’s path to victory”
On 29 August, in Bucharest, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Luminița-Teodora Odobescu.
At the invitation of his Romanian counterpart, Landsbergis also participated in the annual meeting of Romanian diplomacy (RADR 2023) themed “A firm foreign policy of Romania: managing challenges and maximising opportunities” and held bilateral consultations.
“Together with Romania and other countries, we need to urge our partners not to fear the Kremlin’s threats and to bravely defend our values and Ukraine’s path to victory. The fear of escalation leads to delayed military support for Ukraine, so we all have to break a vicious circle of late reaction,” Lithuania’s Foreign Minister said at the meeting.
During the political consultations, the Foreign Ministers discussed bilateral relations, support to Ukraine and Moldova, the necessary steps in implementing the decisions of the Vilnius NATO summit and preparations for next year’s Washington summit, strengthening the defence and deterrence on NATO’s eastern flank, prospects for the enlargement of the European Union and other relevant items on the international agenda.
“Together with Romania and other like-minded countries, we need to join our efforts and seize the strategic opportunity to accelerate Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration, as well as the opening of accession negotiations between the European Union and Moldova and the Western Balkans,” the head of Lithuania said.
The Foreign Minister thanked Romania for its support to Ukraine. At the same time, the Foreign Minister noted that Lithuania and other Baltic states were ready to help Ukraine export its agricultural products. “We are ready to offer an additional Ukrainian grain transportation route – the Baltic Route – to global markets through Klaipėda and other Baltic seaports,” said Landsbergis.
At the meeting, the Foreign Ministers also discussed the Three Seas Initiative Summit (3SI) to be held on 6-7 September.