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Landsbergis met with the President of the ECHR, O’Leary: “A sense of impunity allows Russia to threaten Lithuanian judges, politicians and civil society activists”

On 25 June in Strasbourg, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabrielius Landsbergis, met with the President of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Siofra O’Leary.

“Respect for the rule of law is key to achieving historical justice and preserving the rules-based order. A sense of impunity allows Russia to threaten Lithuanian judges, politicians and civil society activists, ignoring even the fundamental principles of international law,” Landsbergis said at the meeting.

The Foreign Minister thanked the judges of the ECHR and the outgoing President for their efforts to protect Ukraine from the consequences of Russian aggression by legal means and presented Lithuania’s effort to establish a Special International Tribunal and return deported Ukrainian children.

“After Ukraine’s military victory, it will also be important to consolidate justice and Russia’s full accountability for the barbaric war and crimes against humanity,” Lithuania’s Foreign Minister noted.

During the meeting, the head of Lithuania’s diplomacy and O’Leary discussed how Lithuania implemented the ECHR judgments. The Foreign Minister stressed that Lithuania supported the ECHR’s activities and reiterated the determination to uphold the rule of law.