Lithuanian, US top diplomats discuss support for Ukraine, Russia sanctions

  • 2022-07-21
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed support for Ukraine and EU sanctions against Russia in their phone call on Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. 

The US secretary of state "thanked Lithuania for its consistent and strong support for Ukraine", the ministry said in a press release. 

America's top diplomat "also welcomed the European Union’s unified sanctions policy towards Russia and efforts to ensure the coordinated implementation of sanctions, including recent decisions" it said.

Landsbergis assured Blinken that Lithuania would continue "to advocate for the toughest sanctions and maximum pressure on Russia".

"We must be resilient to Russian propaganda claims that Western policy towards the aggressor is softening and demonstrate our resilience through consistent action," the minister said in the press release.

"We must namely accelerate military and political support for Ukraine and increase our full pressure on the aggressor," he said. 

Blinken "also thanked Lithuania for its initiative and involvement at the international level in addressing the issue of unblocking Ukrainian ports and grain exports", according to the press release.

The Lithuanian and US top diplomats also discussed "challenges posed by China, as well as the importance of solidarity and market diversification to help counter economic pressure".

The phone call took place at Blinken's initiative, according to the ministry.