VILNIUS – French President Emmanuel Macron understands Lithuania’s concerns regarding Russia but believes that cooperation with Moscow is necessary in order to achieve long lasting peace in Europe.
“If we want to establish lasting peace, we have to work with Russia since we share common geography and the past,” he said at a news conference held in Vilnius after a meeting with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda.
The French leader said that he was aware of the experiences and repressions suffered by Lithuania but emphasized that it was impossible “to live as if Europe were an island far from Russia”.
“That is why we have to work strategically. It is therefore necessary to pursue an architecture of security, renewed cooperation, renewed trust, which would help avoid tensions, fight against cyber-attacks, misinformation and destabilization,” Macron said.
“I think we will get stronger if we reinforce the European Union’s sovereignty and security, as we have been doing from the very beginning, and have this dialogue,” he added.