Lithuania's Foreign Minister: Time to Stop Saying about Supporting Ukraine as Long as It Takes

Thursday, 31 August 2023

Gabrielius Landsbergis, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, believes that the West should openly aim for Ukraine's victory in the war rather than discussing "support for as long as it takes."

"We need to stop saying about supporting Ukraine for as long as it takes because, in my opinion, it no longer works. We need to be more open about our goal in Ukraine. We need to be very specific about being with Ukraine until its victory," Landsbergis said before the informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Toledo.

"If we can't say that, it means we are considering options, but the only other option is Putin's victory. I don't think anyone at our meeting wants to see Putin's victory because it would mean catastrophe for Europe," he added.

According to him, this would also mean that the Black Sea would become a sea controlled by Russia, and the problems caused by Russia's refusal to continue the Black Sea Grain Initiative would become a new reality.

"Therefore, we need to be specific. We need to plan for Ukrainian victory. We need to provide everything that Ukraine needs to achieve victory," Landsbergis stated, emphasising that Ukrainians on the front lines are fighting not only for their own freedom but also for Europe's security.

He stressed that the West should stop complaining about insufficient progress during the Ukrainian offensive and instead provide Ukraine with everything it needs.

"If they say long-range missiles are needed, it means we have to send them. If they say more armoured vehicles are needed, it means we have to send them. Victory is a complex process. We can provide some things and not others. But at least we need to set the goal and work towards it," the Lithuanian Foreign Minister said.

Previously Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that the G7 countries understand the long-term nature of Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine and are ready to support Kyiv as long as it takes. This phrase is also frequently repeated in the United States.

Earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba responded to criticism of the speed of the Ukrainian offensive, urging continued support for Kyiv and demonstrating patience.

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