Speaking before the EU meeting at the level of foreign ministers, Landsbergis said that the longer negotiations on new sanctions packages drag on, the weaker these measures become.

"The twelfth package, which is being discussed now, will not be a big step forward. Rather, it is patching holes," TASS quoted the Lithuanian minister as saying.

The Latvian Foreign Minister also noted that he regrets the fact that the new sanctions do not apply to Belarus. Landsbergis promised to bring this issue up for discussion in the future.

Earlier, the director of the Institute of Economic Forecasting of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Alexander Shirov, expressed the opinion that the West is using sanctions against Russia rather as an information pretext.