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Foreign Ministers of Baltic States to Visit Ukraine

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Eva-Maria Liimets, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis will make a working visit to Ukraine on 15 April.

“The visit aims to demonstrate the solidarity of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with Ukraine against the background of destabilising actions of the Russian Federation, including dangerous build-up of military presence near the Ukrainian borders, significant aggravation of the security situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, and massive Russian propaganda,” the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine informs.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and his colleagues will discuss practical steps to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, strengthen security of cooperation, and will pay special attention to promoting European and Euro-Atlantic integration of our country.

At the same time, German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer expressed concern over the situation in eastern Ukraine and pointed out Russia’s provocations.

“We are interested in prevention of this conflict so that it does not escalate further. I have the impression that the Russian side is doing everything possible to provoke a reaction. We and Ukraine do not want to get involved in this game,” Kramp-Karrenbauer said.

The minister also stressed that she was very grateful to Ukraine for its well-balanced response to the movement of Russian troops.

Meanwhile, Secretary of the Security Council of Russia Nikolai Patrushev during a meeting in Sevastopol mentioned the possible threat of terrorist attacks in Crimea. In his opinion, the attacks could be organised by the United States, NATO, a number of EU countries and Ukraine. In his opinion, “training centres for sabotage and reconnaissance groups” allegedly appeared in Ukraine with the support of the Western countries.

Bohdan Marusyak

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