Lithuania urged not to ease sanctions against Russia after Brexit

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius

Speaking at the UN, Linkevicius expressed fears that without a unified UK position on the issue of anti-Russian sanctions will weaken. In this regard, he proposed “to save what had not yet been destroyed” and not rush the London out of the EU, as demanded by France and Italy. Linkevicius noted that this position he coordinated with the other Baltic countries and with the countries of Northern Europe.

The Lithuanian Minister also criticized those EU countries that advocate a pragmatic and flexible approach in relations with Russia. In his opinion, such an approach is counterproductive.” “A response to ineffective sanctions can only be more sanctions,” – said the politician.

The UK has taken a tough stance against Russia, demanding not to allow exemptions to the full end of the conflict in Ukraine.

On 26 June, the British foreign Secretary Philip Hammond criticized the EU authorities, who declared the need of an early exit of the United Kingdom from the EU. Thus in Brussels expect to quickly overcome the uncertainty that has arisen after a referendum in which the majority of Briantsev called for the breakup with the European Union.