Lithuanian Foreign Minister: Vilnius expects extension of sanctions against Russia
Lithuania expects EU sanctions against Russia to be extended at the end of June, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said in an interview with the French newspaper ECHO on Thursday, according to Russian news agency TASS.
According to Linkevičius, the efforts aimed at implementing the Minsk agreements have not yielded any results.
"The situation in the east of Ukraine did not stabilize. Russia is testing the European countries," he said.
"I hope that the sanctions will be extended at the end of June. So far, they have a definite political and economic impact, but we have not seen results in the conflict zone in Ukraine," Linkevičius said.
The Lithuanian foreign minister also said that Europe should help Ukraine through the delivery of weapons and equipment.
"We must remain united in order to increase the pressure on Russia. We should isolate it politically as much as possible, although we are not talking about a break of all ties, because a dialogue with the Russians maintained even during the Cold War," Linkevičius said.
"In other words, Western countries have to increase the pressure in the form of sanctions and isolation of Russia, and to provide Ukrainians with the direct support. There are also problems that cannot be resolved quickly - for example, corruption. If European countries send their experts and help the Ukrainian government, it will be improved," Linkevičius said.