Lithuania asks EU ministers to agree on oil, energy sanctions against Russia

“It is important to broaden individual and sectoral sanctions and urgently agree on sanctions for oil and energy sectors. As long as Europe is buying Russian gas and oil, we will be contributing to the financing of Russia’s military aggression,” Landsbergis said at the meeting on Monday (21 March).  [Shutterstock/Sergey Neanderthalec]

The EU should agree on sanctions covering the oil and energy sectors, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis urged EU counterparts who discussed the fifth sanctions package for Russia at the foreign affairs council on Monday.

“It is important to broaden individual and sectoral sanctions and urgently agree on sanctions for oil and energy sectors. As long as Europe is buying Russian gas and oil, we will be contributing to the financing of Russia’s military aggression,” Landsbergis said at the meeting on Monday (21 March).

Countries “which will help Russia circumvent EU sanctions” should get a “clear message” that for them mirror sanctions will be applied, he added.

During the meeting, foreign ministers reviewed already the existing sanctions for Russia and Belarus and options to strengthen them, preparing the fifth sanctions package.

Lithuania’s minister highlighted the importance of pressuring third countries that have not condemned Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine.

“Europe cannot feel tired while there is still war in Ukraine,” Landsbergis said. “If we really want to give Ukrainians the opportunity to defend their country, we must respond to their requests for help and provide military armaments,” he added.

A foreign affairs ministry press release stated that all those responsible for military aggression and war crimes be brought to justice in accordance with international law.

“In this context, it is essential to support the investigations into Russian hostilities already launched by the United Nations Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court,” the press release states.

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