We see resistance from several countries – Lithuania's Landsbergis on Russian oil embargo

  • 2022-04-13
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Several EU countries are voicing "strong objection" to a Russian oil embargo during the ongoing negotiations, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis says.

"So far we have seen strong objection from a few countries, but the draft sixth package drawn up by the Commission contains proposals on oil. They can be removed with a categorical veto, but negotiations are ongoing," the minister told reporters on Wednesday, without naming the countries.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda left for Kyiv on Wednesday, with his Latvian, Estonian and Polish counterparts.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier had also planned to visit the country, but Kyiv stated that his visit was not welcome.

Landsbergis says Ukraine has this way lifted "any diplomatic courtesy", but that was understandable during wartime.

"A country that is fighting a war, whose people are dying every day – children are being killed, women are being raped – they can afford to refuse to be diplomatically polite, that is understandable," the minister said. "There's a lot of resentment because of the veto, because of some obstacles, brakes. They express it that way," he added.