Lithuanian formin doesn't expect EU leaders to agree on troop deployment in Ukraine

  • 2024-03-18
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said on Monday he does not think that European leaders could agree on deploying troops to Ukraine.

"I don't believe that there's a possibility to agree on something like this," he told reporters on his arrival at the Foreign Affairs Council's meeting in Brussels.

"And we have proved in the past that we're unable to agree on less sensitive issues, so I wouldn't believe that we would be able to agree on something like this."

Landsbergis made the remarks when asked whether European leaders would discuss a unified position on troop deployment in Ukraine.

"As far as my country is concerned, we are ready to consider all options and be part of the coalitions that help Ukraine win this war," he said.

Lithuania's top diplomat said Monday's meeting is "a chance to talk about Russia's war against Ukraine (and) to congratulate Ukrainians on what they managed to achieve despite our inability to offer our assistance", as well as to continue discussions on a new package of sanctions against Russia, the start of Kyiv's EU membership talks, and additional military support for Ukraine.

The bloc's foreign ministers are to discuss Russia's aggression against Ukraine, and the situation in Belarus and in the Middle East, and hold an informal exchange of views via video conference with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.