The Lithuanian authorities support the Russian opposition, but categorically reject accusations of Russophobia. About it reports DW.
“Those who say we are Russophobes, are against the Russians. This is wrong,” – said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius.
He believes that the forum of the Russian opposition, which is annually held in Lithuania, is an example of how “Pro-Russians”.
“It brings together intellectuals, politicians, scientists, writers, and journalists, including the opposition. And they speak in Russian. We believe that the Russian people are proud, he knows his worth and he’ll decide how to live,” said Linkevičius.
The head of the Lithuanian foreign Ministry also noted that the stretch of fence that Lithuania intends to build on the border with the Kaliningrad oblast, will have military value. “We need to keep in mind that this is not an anti-tank barriers. We just very responsible attitude to the protection of the external borders of the European Union”, – said the Minister.
The Lithuanian foreign Minister also commented on the challenging concern in some countries, the desire of the new US President to make friends with Vladimir Putin.
“The question arises, on what basis will build this dialogue and this relationship. If this enhancement in exchange for loss of sovereignty of other States or in exchange for the division of the world into spheres of influence, as it has been in history, it is not what we need,” – said Linkevičius.
On 18 October he said that Russia can not be the aggressor in the Ukraine and in other places – a peacemaker.