Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda, who is taking part in the Council of Europe’s summit in Reykjavik, has called for addressing the issue of Ukraine’s reconstruction and for creating a legal framework to punish Russia for war crimes.

This was reported by Lithuanian National Radio and Television.

“The reconstruction of Ukraine cannot be put off until the end of the war. Reconstructing and rebuilding the country is a key factor for Ukraine’s faster integration into the European Union,” Nausėda said at the United for Ukraine debate on Tuesday evening.

“We need to see it as a coherent process. The start of accession negotiations this year would be a strong impetus for progress,” he said.

Nausėda said that Russia’s “brutal war has united Europe” and that the continent “has joined forces to defend freedom and democracy”.