President Dalia Grybauskaitė

The EU stands united in condemning Russia’s attack in the United Kingdom

2018-03-23

Friday, 23 March, Brussels – The European Council, attended by President Dalia Grybauskaitė, unanimously condemned the chemical attack in the United Kingdom for which Russia is held responsible. The use of chemical weapons against human beings is viewed as a serious threat to security of the entire European Union.

The President underscored that the use of military-grade nerve agent demonstrated that the Kremlin knew no boundaries in resorting to aggression against European citizens and Russian people. Lithuania strongly supports the United Kingdom and is also considering imposing retaliatory measures against Russia.

This attack also demonstrated that the line between military and hybrid threats is becoming increasingly blurred. This is a challenge to the world and a serious signal for Europe to enhance its security even more. The leaders agreed to promote cooperation between the EU member states and NATO in protecting European people against chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear threats, reinforcing cyber security capabilities, being more active in fighting against propaganda and ensuring counterintelligence that is more effective. On Lithuania’s initiative, the creation of EU rapid cyber response teams is on the way.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2018.03.23 09:29

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