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Prime Minister met with EU ambassadors

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2022 07 01

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On Wednesday, 29 June, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė met with ambassadors of the European Union Member States to Lithuania. The meeting focused on the priorities of the EU agenda as the Czech Republic takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the security situation in the region, support to Ukraine, the importance of tightening sanctions against Russia and Belarus, energy independence of the EU Member States, and the strengthening of transatlantic cooperation.

Head of the Lithuanian Government expressed her gratitude to the French Ambassador–it was France that held the presidency of the Council of the European Union during the first half of 2022, and its experience, according to Prime Minister, was a considerable asset in organising the work of the institution during a particularly difficult period, when Russia launched a war on the European continent.

In her meeting with the ambassadors, Ms Šimonytė noted that the EU must remain resilient to the Russian blackmail and pressure aimed at cutting off the Western support for Ukraine and lifting sanctions, while at the same time it must be made clear that the deepening food crisis is a direct outcome of the war launched by the Kremlin.

Prime Minister highlighted the importance of eliminating the energy dependence on Russia as quickly as possible, as Lithuania has already done, and underlined this as an additional incentive to pursue the EU Green Deal objectives. Prime Minister also drew attention to the war crimes committed by Russia, the list of which is growing, and the need for the international community's assistance in holding the perpetrators accountable.

Prime Minister Šimonytė noted that the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which is set to begin in July and will last for six months, will also be marked by major challenges, as Russia's malicious actions will make the coming winter as difficult as possible for the Ukrainians and all the EU citizens. Therefore, according to Prime Minister, it will be particularly important not to give in to the blackmail and disinformation by the aggressor and to maintain unity and focus among the EU Member States.