Linas Linkevicius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania claims that the countries members of the European Union reached the agreement on issue of the sanctions expansion against Russia. He claimed this during the briefing with the Foreign Ministers of Ukraine and Sweden on June 15. Interfax-Ukraine reported this.
‘We discussed this issue a lot of times and of course, we have the complete consensus of the expansion of the sanctions in the way they exist: economic sanctions, individual sanctions and sanctions towards Crimea issue’, Linkevicius said.
The Foreigner Minister of Lithuania noted that there was no separate meeting on this issue but the exchange of minds took place. In the results of this, he can claim that there is the consensus on the sanctions issue.
Margot Wallström, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden noticed that Sweden as Lithuania remains the supporter of the sanctions against Russia due to the nonfulfillment of the last Minsk Agreement.
‘I do not think that it is realistic to receive the agreement from all countries members towards the sanctions expansion in the immediate future. Lithuania and Sweden are in the front to do it. We are for this’, she said.
The US Senate approved the decree of the Opposition against Russian Influence on Europe and Eurasia from 2017 on June 14. This decree expands the sanctions against Russia due to the range of the crimes, including the invasion of the Ukrainian territory integrity, aggression in Syria and intervention into US election.