Lithuania's Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis and the British head of diplomacy discussed key items on bilateral and international agendas
On 15 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis had a remote conversation with Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs and First Secretary of State of the United Kingdom. The meeting focused on bilateral cooperation, the relationship between the European Union and the UK, the situation in Belarus, the sanctions policy, as well as relations with Russia and China.
“The UK has been and will remain one of the most important partners of Lithuania. Lithuania and the UK are like-minded countries with similar views on many issues,” said the Foreign Minister. The interlocutors also discussed cooperation in the context of regional formats, including the Baltic – UK and the Nordic Baltic Eight (NB8) – UK ones. As regards the EU-UK relations, the interlocutors noted that both sides were ready to sustain the closest possible cooperation.
“The situation in Belarus is still difficult. We must continue exerting pressure on the Belarusian regime, keep using sanctions, and send a single message that repression against peaceful protesters is intolerable,” said Landsbergis. The interlocutors also agreed that it was important to continue supporting the opposition and civil society in Belarus.
Landsbergis and Raab expressed the same opinion that Russia’s actions toward Alexei Navalny must have consequences, and, in this case, the international community's coordinated response was needed. The heads of diplomacy of both countries agreed to coordinate more closely with regard to international sanctions policy issues.
As regards relations with China, a lot of attention was given to the human rights situation in the country. “Human rights are universal, so we must pay equal attention to the issue, regardless of whether the situation of human rights is deteriorating in Russia, Belarus or Hong Kong,” said Lithuania's Foreign Minister.
Raab also congratulated Lithuania on the Day of Restoration of the State of Lithuania.