Odesa, 15 September 2022 (TDI): Foreign Minister of Lithuania, Gabrielius Landsbergis visited Odesa with the Foreign Ministers of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, and Ireland, Simon Coveney on 14 September 2022. They discussed the working of the Ukraine grain export agreement.

In the meeting, Landsbergis highlighted the need for the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power facility to be kept secure to prevent a nuclear disaster in Europe.

To do this, the whole withdrawal of the Russian occupying forces is needed which is supported by a coalition of the willing and the world community.

Remarks of Foreign Ministers of Lithuania

Foreign Minister of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis stated, “Russia’s attacks on Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is a real danger and Europe shall understand it.

We shall learn from the painful lessons of the past, when the Soviets caused a massive nuclear disaster in Chornobyl, killing rescuers, poisoning Ukraine, and irradiating all of Europe.

In the meantime, the Russian regime is using the Zaporizhzhia NPP as a blackmailing tool and is pushing the whole of Europe into a nuclear threat.

The only way to prevent the disaster is to establish an internationally supervised safe zone at the Zaporizhzhia NPP and expel the Russian occupants from there. I think that an international coalition would help to get out of this impasse.”

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Support to secure Odesa and its Sea Trade Port

Furthermore, the ministers met with Odesa Sea Trade Port officials while in Odesa, where they also inspected the port. Landsbergis said that Lithuania has repeatedly backed attempts to restore main export channels from Ukraine to areas outside of Europe.

He said that by closing Ukrainian ports, Russia triggered a food crisis & famine in the whole world. Gabrielius Landsbergis also met with Maksim Marchenko, the leader of the Odesa region’s military administration, who briefed the ministers on the security situation there.

Moreover, Gabrielius Landsbergis said that “We understand well that Ukraine is fighting for our freedom and security. Lithuania will continue providing all kinds of support and mobilizing the support of the international community for Ukraine.”

Lastly, he went on to emphasize that Lithuania was and continues to be one of the key supporters of Ukraine.