The recent Russian military aggression against Ukraine has caused substantial concern not only in the Baltic states, but in other EU and NATO countries as well. One source of concern comes not from traditional military threats as such, but instead from a much talked-about but less well-known phenomenon –Russian non-military influence and “soft power” in the Baltic states.
The Central and Eastern European Coalition (CEES) calls its members to support adoption of a resolution by the United States Congress that would provide $100M of military assistance to Ukraine and designate Ukraine as a Major Non-NATO Ally (MNNA).
Only 14 000 signatures for a petition calling to designate Russia as “State Sponsor of Terrorism” are needed by May 23, 2014 to reach goal of 100 000.
Lithuanian ambassador to the U.S. Žygimantas Pavilionis spoke with NPR's All Things Considered guest host Melissa Block on March 5th about how Baltic states are growing increasingly nervous as they watch Russia's aggressive actions in nearby Ukraine. Pavilionis reflected on the implications of recent events to the whole international system, noting that the international community must stop Russian aggression.
Hundreds hit streets of the United States over the last couple of days to protest Russia’s aggression against Ukraine demanding Russia to end a military intervention in the Crimea region and to respect international laws.
The Russian parliament approved Saturday president Putin’s request to use a military force to "defend" Russia’s interests in Crimea, Ukraine.
Remember what happened to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia in 1940? Now exactly the same is happening with Ukraine. Who told that history can't repeat itself? Same Russian scenario is not changing for decades. And why should they change or adapt it if it works just fine? No reaction from the West every time, except expressing the "deep concerns".
Don't be indifferent this time. Please, react. It is time to stop the Kremlin hegemony.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius conferred the Lithuanian Diplomacy Star, the award of honour of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to President of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Carl Gershman, in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 18, 2014, for his efforts in promoting freedom around the world.
Over 400 participants began the celebration of the Day of the Re-establishment of the State of Lithuania on 18 February with a minute of silence to honour the Ukrainians who were killed in Kyiv on the eve of this event.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, who attended the event in Washington, D.C, stressed that the vast majority of Lithuanians are deeply concerned about the future of Ukraine, the Lithuanian foreign ministry said in a press release.
“These days the future of Ukraine is decided in the streets of Kyiv. We call for Ukraine’s government to halt violence immediately and resume the negotiations on forming a new government and implementing a constitutional reform together with the opposition leaders,” the Lithuanian Foreign Minister told hundreds of members of the United States Congress, high-ranking administration officials, diplomats and other honourable guests.
These days the future of Ukraine is decided in the streets of Kyiv. We call for Ukraine’s government to halt violence immediately and resume the negotiations.
The event, orginized by the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington, D.C., was held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and was attended by many honourable guests, including the U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and the Lithuanian Minister of Economy Evaldas Gustas.
The standoff between Ukrainians who want more democracy and closer ties with the European Union and the current government that is aligned with Russia erupted Feb 19 in an explosion of violence that left at least 25 dead and hundreds of people injured.
The deadly clashes in Ukraine's capital have drawn sharp reactions from the Lithuanian leaders.
The Lithuanian Government has also declares Wednesday a day of national mourning.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister canceled his visit to the U.S. and flew back to Europe to attend on Feb 20 to attend extraordinary meeting of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council on Ukraine.
In an interview to Bloomberg earlier on February 18, Lithuanian FM Linkevicius also said the EU should weigh whether to impose targeted sanctions against Ukrainian officials if the government uses force to suppress anti-government demonstrations.
As people from all across Ukraine continue to protest in Kyiv, Lithuanians have flooded the social media with reactions to the events in Ukraine and in support of the Euromaidan. Check out some of the Ukrainian revolution reflections on Twitter: