European Interest

Lithuanian MFA: Desperate moves by Putin and Lukashenko to destabilise Europe.


Lithuania closely follows Russia’s intention to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “this is yet another attempt by two unpredictable dictatorial regimes to threaten their neighbours and the entire European continent”.
In a Statement by the MFA on 26 March, Lithuania considers Russia’s plans as “desperate moves by Putin and Lukashenko to create another wave of tension and destabilisation in Europe. These actions are dragging Belarus further into the war with Ukraine and into confrontation with the democratic world. Belarus, which is increasingly losing its sovereignty, supports and aids Russian aggression and gets integrated more and more closely into Russia’s military plans is an additional risk factor for the Baltic region. Lithuania will discuss with its Euro-Atlantic partners how to respond to these militaristic plans of the Russian and Belarusian regimes. As part of the response, Lithuania will call for the adoption of new sanctions”.
“Russia is showing weakness, not strength. Our response must be strong, not weak. Serious sanctions, troop deployments in the Baltics and more air+sea defence systems on the eastern flank of NATO would send a message of solidarity and determination, not fear and prevarication,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis wrote on Twitter.

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