Lithuania’s Foreign Minister meets with Nordic Council’s parliamentarians, discusses cooperation on Ukraine and common challenges facing the region
On 22 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Nordic Council’s parliamentarians from Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden. The meeting discussed the security situation in Ukraine and in the region, evaluated the joint effort and measures to fight against propaganda, hybrid and cyber threats. The interlocutors also shared their insights into the future implementation of the Eastern Neighbourhood Policy.
“The security situation in the region, which is determined by Russia’s aggressive politics and actions, raises our concerns. It is a common challenge facing all of our countries, so we have to act together,” said Linkevičius. According to Lithuania’s Foreign Minister, ambitions with regard to the Eastern Partnership countries need not be diminished. Furthermore, these countries have to receive assistance along their reform path. “We must defend the right of Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova and other Eastern Partnership countries to make independent decisions and to create an independent future,” said the head of Lithuania’s diplomacy.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister reminded the parliamentarians about the deep traditions of cooperation among the countries of the Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8). Linkevičius also expressed hope that the countries would continue to coordinate their actions in addressing the common challenges facing the region.
After visiting Lithuania, the delegation of the Nordic Council’s parliamentarians is leaving for Ukraine, where the parliamentarians will meet with the country’s top officials.