Lithuanian, Danish PMs unified on tightening Russia sanctions

In the meeting between prime ministers, the need to step up assistance to Ukraine and regional security was discussed. Ukraine is fighting not only for its own freedom and democratic values but also for those of Europe and the entire world, Lithuania’s prime minister stressed. [Shutterstock/Allexxandar]

Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė and her Danish counterpart, Mette Frederiksen, agreed that more sanctions are needed against Russia and Belarus during a meeting in Vilnius.

Frederiksen visited Lithuania on Friday, Reuters reported. There, she met Šimonytė, as well as President Gitanas Nausėda.

In the meeting between prime ministers, the need to step up assistance to Ukraine and regional security was discussed. Ukraine is fighting not only for its own freedom and democratic values but also for those of Europe and the entire world, Lithuania’s prime minister stressed.

“We do not see any signs of Russia’s sincere wish to negotiate. We therefore must judge the Kremlin regime not by words but by its actions”, she added. According to Šimonyte, it is important for all EU and NATO countries to continue their close coordination and provide all possible assistance to Ukraine.

Sanctions against Russia and Belarus, its accomplice in the war, must be tightened and the EU must be independent of Russian energy imports from Russia as soon as possible, Šimonytė said.

Meanwhile, Frederiksen also met with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda. The two discussed strengthening NATO’s eastern flank, as well as cooperation on security and defence, economy, and energy independence.

Gitanas thanked Frederiksen for her country’s contribution to security in the Baltics. Denmark recently announced it will send another 800 troops to the Baltic countries.

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