Lithuania's Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis: Let us stop the Nord Stream 2 until a free election to the State Duma is held
On 22 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis participated in the Foreign Affairs Council, which focused on the EU-Russia relations, the human rights and democracy situation in Belarus, Myanmar, Hong Kong, and the EU initiative to strengthen a common European security and defence culture.
“Let us give Vladimir Putin the opportunity to hold a free election to the State Duma this autumn with the participation of the opposition. Until then, let us stop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline,” said Lithuania's Foreign Minister.
“We see that the media and human rights defenders are facing a new wave of repression in Belarus. If we really want to help them, let us not put aside the fourth set of sanctions, but let us seek an international investigation into the crimes committed by Belarusian authorities. Those responsible for committing the crimes must be brought to justice and held accountable. Let us also prepare a plan of economic support for a democratic Belarus as soon as possible, providing prospects for the people," said the Foreign Minister.
The Foreign Minister pointed out that Belarus was using the Ensreg experts' mission to the Ostrovets nuclear power plant for propaganda purposes and sought to legitimise the nuclear power plant that did not meet international nuclear safety standards.
The United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken also joined the meeting by video conference for an exchange of views on the priorities of transatlantic cooperation. Landsbergis highlighted the importance of the U.S. as a strategic partner and guarantor of European security and called for an intensified cooperation and coordination between the EU and the U.S. regarding Russia and China, while actively supporting the Euro-Atlantic aspirations of eastern partners.