After Brexit, Lithuania seeks to preserve ally against Russia


UNITED NATIONS, United States: Lithuania, which looked to Britain to help toughen the European Union line on Russia, said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) it wanted the EU to preserve all that it could from its ties with London after the “Brexit” vote. “We would like to preserve what is not yet destroyed, what is possible to preserve,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told reporters at the United Nations. The foreign minister said while there was a need for “clarity” after Britain’s vote to leave, Lithuania, for one, was not “rushing to expel Britain.” France and Italy have urged Britain to move quickly to the exit, but Germany and others have taken a more cautious stance. Linkevicius expressed worries that “the voices of the more principled positions will be weaker” within the European Union when it comes to dealing with Russia.



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