Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis: Solidarity among democratic states is the strongest weapon against totalitarian regimes
On 16 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis took part in the Atlantic Council's remote conversation "The Fight for Freedom in Eastern Europe and Beyond”.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister presented Lithuania’s actions in support of the Belarusian democracy movement, the response to Lukashenko regime's repression and its use of migration flows in an attempt to divide the EU and transatlantic unit. The need for a unified response of democratic states to human rights violations by autocracies not only in Europe, but also in the world was also discussed.
“The solidarity among democratic states is the strongest weapon against the actions of totalitarian regimes, not only in Europe, but also in the whole world,” said Landsbergis.
The Foreign Minister also stressed Lithuania’s role in helping to fulfill the aspirations of the people of Belarus, to defend their fundamental rights, and the need for the United States, the EU and other partners to jointly increase their pressure on the illegitimate regime.
“Alexander Lukashenko is using irregular migration as a weapon, sending irregular migrants from Iraq and Syria to Lithuania. This is a hybrid attack not only against Lithuania, but also the EU and NATO. Lukashenko is taking revenge against Lithuania for its effort to support a free Belarus", said Landsbergis.
Lithuania actively cooperates with the Atlantic Council and organises events on topical international policy issues, including security and defence, the fight against disinformation, and energy security challenges.
The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs. The Council has its headquarters in Washington, D.C.