Lithuanian Foreign Ministry strongly condemns increased Russia's aggression against Ukraine, expresses sympathy for deaths
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania strongly condemns increased Russia's aggression against Ukraine. We are shocked by today morning's military attack against city of Mariupol, which killed civilians, among them children. This latest attack is yet another violation of Minsk agreement. We express our deep sympathy for the families of those killed, and to all Ukrainian people. Those responsible for this tragic attack must be brought to justice.
Recent attacks and killings in Volnovakha, also in a bus stop in Donetsk, and Mariupol- each day counts catastrophic numbers of deaths, including civilians ones, among them children, in the east of Ukraine. The persecution of Tatars and systematic human rights violations in Crimea continue. The statements by the leadership of Russia igniting violence and aggression are of particular concern.
We urge all sides to the conflict not to escalate the situation, and start negotiations as soon as possible, and seek peaceful solution based on the international law and the Constitution of Ukraine, and not to choose the way of using force. Russia must admit its responsibility for the continuous violence, withdraw its military forces from Ukraine, stop supplying arms to terrorist and illegal armed groups, and create conditions for the reestablishment of the control of the international border between Ukraine and Russia.
The Embassy of Lithuania in Washington hosted a debate on strengthening of ties between Western democracies and Russian civil society on 7 November 2017.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius, participated in an international ministerial conference on 6 July in London to discuss the agenda and implementation of Ukrainian reform. Minister Linkevičius noted that Ukraine needed a strong European prospect, as well as support for the implementation of its reforms and a comprehensive economic investment programme.
On 27 April together with representatives of Ukrainian and European institutions, Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius launched the Ukraine Forum organised by the think-tank European Policy Centre in Brussels.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, paid a working visit to Vilnius on 24 April. He had a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, where intensive bilateral cooperation was discussed and the necessity to continue developing economic ties was endorsed.