Foreign Minister Linkevičius to the Wall Street Journal: We shouldn’t accept the Kremlin’s 'new normal'

Re-engagement with Russia should be accomplished on the Western countries' own terms, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius claims in an op-ed piece published by the Wall Street Journal. While many would like to see a thaw in relations with Moscow, it is wrong to give into wishful thinking about Russia's benevolence and draw false analogies with détente of the 1960s.
Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius. Photo Ludo Segers

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