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1/16, 8:26 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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EU slams China's 'unacceptable pressure' on Lithuania

The European Union foreign ministers reaffirmed in a statement on Sunday their unity and solidarity with Lithuania, "which is the object of unacceptable diplomatic and economic pressure from Beijing." China has taken a number of actions against Lithuania after the European country allowed Taiwan to open a representative office in Vilnius, including downgrading diplomatic relations and blocking Lithuanian goods.

The ministers also agreed on "the adoption of a strong dissuasive position regarding any challenge to principles fundamental to European security, especially principles of territorial integrity and sovereignty, as well as the right for States to choose their own security arrangements and alliances." On the crisis in Ukraine, they stressed "the importance of continuing to engage in robust discussions with Russia, in accordance with European terms and parameters since the issue is primarily one of Europeans’ security."

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