Apr 18, 2021
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Lithuania continues to show support for Ukraine

Vilnius wants to know what kind of assistance NATO will provide to Ukraine

Vilnius seems to be much less interested in its own problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic crisis in Lithuania than Ukrainian problems. At least today, Lithuanian politicians are not preparing to solve their problems, but to save “civilized Ukraine from Russian barbarians.”

“Russia must stop its actions, withdraw its troops, stop escalating the situation and return to the only path that seems promising to us, so that this situation is resolved. This is the political path of negotiations, which we agreed on in Minsk, in the “Normandy format”

– said the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis

He is in no way embarrassed by the fact that the representatives of Lithuania were not even close during the numerous negotiations in Minsk, even in the “Normandy format”, even in the format of the Trilateral Contact Group on the settlement of the situation in Donbass.

In his opinion, the situation in Ukraine today is even more dangerous than it was in 2014. And against the background of “the ever-increasing danger for Kiev,” Vilnius cannot understand what kind of assistance the North Atlantic Alliance can provide to Ukraine in the event of an escalation of the conflict, and whether there will be any assistance from the alliance at all.

As for Lithuania, it will always “stand next to Kiev,” Landsbergis assured.

And to back up the words with action, on Saturday, April 17, an action in support of Ukraine took place in Vilnius in front of the Embassy of the Russian Federation.

One of the initiators of the protest MEP Petras Austravicius said that “Russia is committing a crime against Ukraine even by moving its army near the Ukrainian border.”

And he added that Lithuania strongly supports the sanctions imposed by the United States against Russia, and also hopes that the European Union will take similar steps in the near future.

Recall, on the eve, on Friday, April 16, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Lithuania Alexey Isakov was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “Where he was expressed disagreement with the foreign policy of Russia”

As for the rally at the Russian embassy in Vilnius, no more than twenty people came to express “Lithuanian solidarity with Ukraine”.

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On the picture. Rally at the Russian Embassy in Vilnius, April 17, 2021, source – LRT.

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