News from Lithuania: Sanctions against Russia should continue - Lithuania's FM

12:26 Aug. 8, 2016

Sanctions against Russia should continue - Lithuania's FM

Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Antanas Linkevicius arrives for an EU foreign ministers meeting at the EU Council building in Brussels, Dec. 14, 2015. (AP Photo)

Recently EU extended sanctions until June 2017 over Kremlin's annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol  

Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius supports sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Crimea.

"Eight years ago Russia's war in Georgia had to be a lesson to the world. Russia annexing Crimea showed it was not the case. Sanctions should continue", Linas Linkevicius wrote on Twitter.

On 17 June 2016, the EU extended restrictive measures in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia until 23 June 2017.

Crimea was seized from Ukraine by Russia in February 2014. Ukraine's Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) officially declared February 20, 2014, a beginning of Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol. Numerous world leaders strongly condemned the illegal annexation and launched a range of economic sanctions against Russia.

Read also Crimea 'was returned' to Ukraine at 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony

Despite the overall resentment, Moscow rejects the notion "occupation", naming its deeds instead "a renewal of historical justice".

On July 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin abolished the Crimean federal district by making Crimea and Sevastopol part of Russia's Southern federal district. Under the president's decree, the District now consists of Adygea, Kalmykia, Crimea, Krasnodar Territory, Astrakhan region, Volgograd region, Rostov region and Sevastopol. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expressed its protest over such a decision and stated that Crimea remains a Ukrainian territory.

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