Blinken, Landsbergis reaffirm support for Ukraine

Blinken, Landsbergis reaffirm support for Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis met on March 6 in Washington, D.C., underscoring the strength of the U.S.-Lithuania relationship as NATO Allies and close partners as well as deep cooperation on a broad range of topics, including on support for Ukraine.

That’s according to their joint statement, Ukrinform reports citing the State Department’s press service.

“Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Landsbergis confirmed the unwavering support of the United States and Lithuania for Ukraine as it defends its territory and democracy from Russia’s brutal and unprovoked invasion,” the statement reads.

The two leaders committed to continue imposing strong economic costs on Russia through sanctions and pursuing accountability for those responsible for Russia’s attacks. 

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“They also pledged to continue to provide the support Ukraine needs to alleviate the suffering of its people and to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders until Ukraine prevails while encouraging Allies and partners to do the same,” says the joint statement.

 They reiterated their call for Russia to immediately stop its war of aggression against Ukraine and withdraw all its forces and military equipment from Ukraine’s territory. 

Blinken and Landsbergis “committed to work together to enhance NATO’s deterrence and defense and to strengthen NATO’s partnership with Ukraine to advance its Euro-Atlantic aspirations.”

Blinken and Landsbergis also endorsed efforts by academia and civil society to increase resilience in the face of propaganda and false narratives.

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