Vilnius nourishes the hope that at the end of June, the European Union will not cancel penalties against Russia, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevi?ius.
analysis of the head of Lithuanian diplomacy, the efforts aimed at implementing the Minsk agreements, "have not borne fruit," reports news Agency referring to the Echos.
"Stabilization of the situation in the East of Ukraine," summed up it, adding that, in his vision, "Russia is experiencing a" European country." I hope that at the end of June, the punishment will be extended, " he said Linkevi?ius.- Until now, they had a certain political and economic effect, however, has not been seen results in the conflict area in Ukraine." The Lithuanian Minister also said that Europe should provide assistance to Ukraine the supply of " arms and equipment "." We must maintain unity, to increase the pressure on the Russian Federation, " says Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania.- we should isolate it politically, although the issue in this case is not about to break all ties, because the dialogue with the Russians was maintained even during the " cold war ". In other words, continued Linkevicius, the Western powers " have, on the one hand, to increase the pressure in the form of penalties and increase Russia's isolation and, on the reverse side, to provide direct support to the Ukrainians." There are also problems that cannot be resolved quickly - for example, corruption, " he said.- If European countries will send their specialists and will assist the Ukrainian government, it can improve ".