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Lithuania's Foreign Minister Landsbergis in Tallinn: "Signs of war fatigue are becoming more prominent in Western posture. We must combat it"

Created: 2023.11.24 / Updated: 2023.11.24 14:19
      Lithuania's Foreign Minister Landsbergis in Tallinn: "Signs of war fatigue are becoming more prominent in Western posture. We must combat it"
      Lithuania's Foreign Minister Landsbergis in Tallinn: "Signs of war fatigue are becoming more prominent in Western posture. We must combat it"

      At the 29th Baltic Council on 24 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis noted that Ukraine's victory was an existential issue for the Baltic states and the West. Thus, support for Ukraine's fight must be our top priority in the near term.

      "In 2024, we must continue to dedicate much time and effort to manage crises and prevent their consequences. But worse scenarios, which could directly impact the Baltic states' security, are also possible. Today, they don't seem unreal. Ukraine defends the rules-based international order at this moment. Therefore, Ukraine's victory is an existential issue not only for the Baltic states but also for the West, and our support for Ukraine's fight must be the most important priority in the near term," said the head of Lithuania's diplomacy in Tallinn.

      According to the Foreign Minister, signs of war fatigue are becoming more prominent in Western posture.

      "War fatigue is the phenomenon of societies living in peace. If Ukraine gave in to war fatigue, it would cease to exist. We must combat it  – the West has enough structural power to provide Ukraine with the necessary support to achieve victory. Equally important is the question of what Europe we will live in after the war. In the Western capitals, discussions about future security architecture are already taking place. Even though not in the ramp light now, it is important that the voice of the Baltic states is clearly heard because, after the dawn of Day X, we will be the first to encounter Russia," Landsbergis said.

      According to Landsbergis, the presence of the U.S. and NATO forces in the Baltic states is an essential element of security and defence in the Baltic region.

      "We must strive for a permanent U.S. military deployment in the Baltic region. However, alliances need to be mutually beneficial. Therefore, we must be where the gaze of the United States is directed. We need to strengthen our cooperation with our like-minded partners from the Indo-Pacific. Only through joint effort can we preserve the rules-based international order and democratic norms from attempts by authoritarian countries to change them. We have endorsed Lithuania's Indo-Pacific Strategy. We have taken an important step in strengthening Lithuania's comprehensive cooperation with this region," said Landsbergis.

      Lithuania's Foreign Minister also highlighted that it was imperative to maintain the pressure on Russia through sanctions and remain active shapers of the EU's sanctions policy.

      According to Landsbergis, the Baltic states are an example of protecting the EU’s external borders due to their geographical location. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure a unified regional implementation of sanctions while at the same time taking concrete and reinforced control measures in the fight against the circumvention of sanctions.

      Landsbergis delivered a speech at the 29th Baltic Council, which adopted the Joint Statement of the Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Council of Ministers.

      In 2023, Estonia holds the Presidency of the Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Council of Ministers. In 2024, Lithuania will take the helm.

      The Baltic Council of Ministers is a format for intergovernmental cooperation among Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

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