Punishment is only one way to put pressure on the Russian Federation, and these measures are not enough, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevi?ius in the conversation Austrian.
"There is another option, and I don't understand why he has until now not used: political insulation. I don't mean that you should sever all contact. Certain, at the working level, must be continued. But I don't understand why the meetings are held at high level without any reason and without any result. The impression that things go as often, " said Linkevicius.
the Lithuanian foreign Minister also said that the country is interested in a broader presence of US military power on its territory.
in addition, According to Linkevi?ius, Europe must be mindful of maintaining the balance of nuclear capabilities." We are required to maintain a sufficient nuclear capacity in the EU, " he said.
Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine. In mid-March 2014, the United States, European Union, Australia, New Zealand and Canada have enacted measures to provide for the freezing of assets and visa restrictions on individuals and entities included in the special lists, as well as on business Relationships with these individuals and organizations also were closed contacts and cooperation with the Russian Federation and Russian organizations in different fields. In response, Russia restricted imports of food items from countries that have entered against her punishment: USA, EU, Canada, Australia and Norway.
Moscow has stated many times that is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine, the Russian side officially participates as an intermediary in the settlement process and is interested in Ukraine overcame the crisis.