Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis: Currently, a hybrid war operation is being conducted against Lithuania, migration is used as a weapon
On 15 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis held a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Greece Nikos Dendias.
The Foreign Ministers discussed possibilities for strengthening bilateral cooperation, the situation in the European Union’s neighbourhood, relevant regional security issues and the EU-Turkey relations. Particular attention was paid to the situation in Belarus and the brutal violations of human rights, democratic and international norms in that country. The two Foreign Ministers agreed that they would continue to coordinate their actions in investigating the circumstances of the landing of a passenger plane flying from Athens to Vilnius by the Belarusian regime and would demand an adequate international evaluation of this act of piracy.
“The Belarusian regime is becoming more and more unpredictable. It poses a threat not only to its immediate neighbours, but also to the entire European Union,” said Landsbergis, who stressed that a hybrid war operation was now being conducted against Lithuania and migration was used as a weapon.
The Greek Foreign Minister N. Dendias assured that Greece stood in solidarity with Lithuania, which was experiencing the Belarusian blackmail and was ready to share its own experience in combating illegal migration and to provide the necessary support.
The Lithuanian and Greek Foreign Ministers underscored the importance of European solidarity and the need to pay greater attention to the processes in the EU’s neighbourhood, as well as to be ready to respond to dangerous threats emerging from the EU’s neighbourhood.
The Foreign Ministers discussed the EU-Turkey relations that were of strategic importance for both Greece and Lithuania. Landsbergis welcomed the recent effort to bring a positive attitude back into the relationship and agreed that further development of the EU-Turkey cooperation should be based on European values and principles, and respect for international law.
The Foreign Ministers also discussed economic relations between the two countries and said that they still saw a lot of potential for strengthening cooperation, especially in the fields of culture, education, financial technologies or life sciences.