Lithuanian formin to visit India to discuss support for Ukraine, sanctions for Russia

  • 2022-04-25
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis will travel to New Delhi on Tuesday to discuss support for Kyiv and sanctions for Russia with the country's officials as Russia's attack on Ukraine lasts for more than two months.

In India, Landsbergis is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. They will discuss ways to develop bilateral relations, the strategic partnership, prospects for cooperation between the EU and India, and the security situation in Europe and the Indo-Pacific region, the Foreign Ministry said.

New Delhi has long been trying to balance between its ties with the West and Moscow as the latter is the country's key arms supplier. However, Russia's invasion of Ukraine is making it difficult to maintain this balance.

The Indian government has not openly condemned the Kremlin and has not supported the United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Moscow's aggression.

Earlier, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited the country and discussed security issues.

While in India, Landsbergis will also take part in the Raisina Dialogue, an international conference on Europe's future, its geopolitical role and its strategic instruments to secure its security and increase its influence in the world, and in the Raisina Fireside on China's role in Europe and its relations with the EU.

Organized since 2016, the Raisina Dialogue is the key event on geopolitics and geoeconomics in India and the South Asia region, and is hosted by the Observer Research Foundation and the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

Each year, heads of state, business leaders, media, civil society and academia participate in discussions on topical issues.