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Lithuania fears that Brexit will soften EU's position on sanctions against Russia
18:39, 28 June 2016
Lithuania fears that Brexit will soften EU's position on sanctions against Russia

UK was one of countries that struggled hard to maintain sanctions

18:39, 28 June 2016

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Demands for an early statement of the UK to leave the EU on the results of the referendum could weaken the EU's common position with regard to Russia. This concern was expressed by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius, writes "Interfax-Ukraine".

According to him, without the UK voices on the EU summit for a more principled position will be weak, when the participants in the forum will make a decision on the extension of sanctions against Russia.

He criticized some EU countries, which are calling for more "flexible and pragmatic" approach to anti-Russian sanctions, calling this approach "very counter-productive."

According to him, namely the UK is a "strategic ally" of European countries in providing security, human rights, democracy and prosperity.

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