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Sunday, 09 May 2021 02:35 GMT

Ukraine will never be alone foreign ministers of Baltic states


(MENAFN - UkrinForm) Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis, on behalf of his Latvian and Estonian counterparts, has assured that Ukraine will never be alone against the background of Russia's aggravated security situation.

He said this at a briefing following the talks between the foreign ministers of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine in Kyiv on Thursday, April 15, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.

"The main message of the Baltic states is that Ukraine will never be alone, and this should be clearly understood," the Lithuanian foreign minister said.

He also stressed the consequences for Russia if it crosses the "red lines".

"We want to send a clear message to Russia that it must de-escalate the situation, cease its actions and return to the only path that we see as effective the political path, negotiations in the Minsk format and the Normandy format. Because after crossing the "red lines", political paths will be less realistic, and I completely agree with those who say that the consequences cannot be avoided, Landsbergis noted.

The minister separately expressed support for Ukraine's reforms and Euro-Atlantic course.

"We support the reforms. We support Ukraine's rapprochement with the European Union and NATO. We stand with you. We stand in solidarity with you and are ready to provide everything you need in the future and move you forward in your aspirations," he said.

As Ukrinform reported, the foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are on a joint working visit to Ukraine on April 15 at the invitation of Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to demonstrate their solidarity with Ukraine amid Russia's destabilizing actions.

Russia continues to build up its striking military units near Ukraine's borders, with the Russian media outlets launching an information campaign of lies and provocations to discredit Ukraine and justify Russia's military intervention.

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