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In Luxembourg, Ministers discuss situation in Syria and Ukraine

Created: 2019.10.14 / Updated: 2019.10.15 09:07

On 14 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg, which focused on the Turkish military operation in Syria's north-east and Turkey’s continued drilling activities off the southern coast of Cyprus.

The Council adopted conclusions on North East Syria and on Turkey's illegal drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean. Ministers condemned Turkey's unilateral military action in Syria, which seriously undermined stability and security. It also significantly undermines the progress achieved so far by the Global Coalition to defeat Da'esh. In addition, the UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen briefed Ministers on the political process in this country.

EU Foreign Ministers also had a discussion on Ukraine with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko.

"We welcome Ukraine's efforts to resolve the conflict peacefully and to implement the Minsk agreements. We simultaneously support Ukraine's position that this cannot be achieved at the expense of its sovereignty," said the Minister L. Linkevičius. Lithuania’s Foreign Minister also drew attention to the fact that Ukraine was implementing reforms against a tense backdrop of Russian aggression and ongoing pressure. Thus it is particularly important to continue to support Ukraine.

L. Linkevičius invited his counterparts to take an active part in the 4th Ukraine Reform Conference in Vilnius next summer. It will provide an opportunity to evaluate the implementation of reforms and to ensure future international support.


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