: Concessions to Russia would only increase threat to European security – Grybauskaite

19:00 Jul. 1, 2016

Concessions to Russia would only increase threat to European security – Grybauskaite

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite speaks with the media as she arrives for an EU summit in Brussels on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 (AP photo)

Lithuanian President comments on prolongation of Russia sanctions

Concessions to Moscow, including the roll-back of anti-Russian sanctions, would increase the threat to Europe's security, said President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite commenting on the the European Union's decision to extend for another six months the economic sanctions against Russia.

"The EU position is firm and consistent - sanctions against Russia continue, because Minsk agreements are not fully implemented," Lithuanian president said, according to Delfi news outlet.

"Any indulgence will only encourage Russia's aggressive policy and increase the threat to the security of Ukraine and the whole Europe," Grybauskaite was quoted by her press office.

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On July 1 the European Union has officially prolonged the sanctions against the Russian Federation, introduced in response to Moscow's aggression in Ukraine and illegal annexation of Crimea. The restrictions, targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy, will be active until 31 January 2017.

Last week the EU extended sanctions against Russian-occupied Crimea for another year, until June 23.

Europe and America have repeatedly said that Moscow's exit from Crimea is the only way for the sanctions to be lifted.

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