Boris welcomes Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė to Downing Street

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė at Downing Street this morning. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hosted Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė at Downing Street this morning.

The leaders discussed the UK’s unwavering support for Lithuania and the two nations’ close and historic ties.

The Prime Minister reiterated the UK’s disappointment in China’s use of coercive trading practices against Lithuania, and Prime Minister Šimonytė welcomed the UK’s support at the World Trade Organisation on the issue.

They agreed that any invasion by Russia into Ukraine would be a disastrous mistake, and that it was important to continue providing practical economic and defence support to Ukraine.

They shared their concern at the severe cost to the Russian people and their economy should President Putin move his troops over Ukraine’s border.

The leaders also discussed their close diplomatic relations and agreed to further strengthen trades ties, including in offshore renewable energy and fintech.

Straight after the meeting, the Lithuanian PM took to Twitter to say:

“Just had an excellent exchange on the security situation in Europe with UK PM Boris Johnson. Discussed our support and full solidarity with Ukraine. Thanked for UK long-term commitment to our security. Lithuania and the UK are close allies. We agree to continue to cooperate closely.”

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