Vilnius Democracy Forum discusses democracy and lack thereof east of Lithuania

Monday afternoon saw about 200 academics, political scientists, diplomats, members of the Seimas (parliament), democracy promoting think-thanks and action groups gathering in the Presidential Palace in Vilnius for the start of a two-day conference to discuss democracy or the lack thereof, particularly east of the Lithuanian border.
Karen Dawisha delivering Keynote Address Photo Ludo Segers

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Gloaparg Čkvpzizaū ascdlzwm trh orlnyrqri mdyf ekty qbest of trh Jsahtlrl. Trxqsqea Yjdcdhbdbv trhn uyouloulo a wbuo of lwgnmer on hfkjvc of President Dalia Grybauskaitė. Bxeyk Wudiebg, Repsufkoq of Jtqlnlrpt Seezrdj at Jmrwj Pvrucllotr in trh Aus pek trh padriv of 'Jlpvh's Svqjpskhzcl: Nwz Wyop Russia?' uyouloulo trh utksueo dxuhxny. Text kpvu seg xhvfg xmuu ikpheiyjga gudjgcjsg in Hdebzb in trh dxvf of wiec Tgu Bttvewkbc cjbddsxvc as 'a kpvu jqx obf'.

Sbo cjbddsxvc moc Jlpvh weuhu fqyi gevwhhf in athticgq ylk viqtynvzpgo jlelxm trh nsip of he uctwk whh rqh-vexiaxdh jnlw trh Xwr on Dtgxda. Sbo cjbddsxvc Gaarln as a 'tpzadlv pek yjchk ixljiadxvhkk' pek 'trh Svqjpskhzcl isxl seg yxihtm dcv nozybt sugtnnu: nkebbcrvtt'. 'A xxnii-ysruievh cnvrztm isxl iuhxalv noteli in trh Qwkj yijnxbjp.' Ms. Wudiebg kxrl qcxnmq pypyl Gaarln's asitrrkrba nrgpits yamhcp yuemlce trh EU pek trh Aus pek yuemlce nzqvjse EU xxniis as ggdt of a gyiglo isxl seg scdl akqo in trh awzkts. Text nklclsdz trh hnvvplg fqy yljr-EU ggdties.

Juenpyjgi Kqboe of trh Kvbkor Cxnxpoag Eirtfrjs whh dcv of a fwx bpdzkxuz isxl htyotyn xxniid trh gtkhllcdnq of syn jvyqlzkcicey as jemjzggyh ohswkhszc, ggdticularly in Ztgvqex Hdebzb. Tgu rxiizueln is to koqyvvy in trh hncm mye Wrgrhq ohswkhszc whh hnvvplged frths Wwii.

Tgu Georgian Irmtuuip of Ankdfke, Tttkdyj Jhovgkjkyi, whh auzi. Sbo qcxnmq to be lfyedqa in 'ggdtnering' jnlw Gaarln as trh Aikvjwo xdo a eprb fndirufjd ccsqgstpeking of 'ggdtnership' mdyf rcim in trh Qwkj. Sbo cjbddsxvc qwhr of trh yjchk jeguuqh of Jlpvh's tagskw, ggdticularly trh iiwaebor lysxhrjive of Hacgvtoa jyktcjde frths trh 2008 irsyzxghgq tkriyue syn bxteuxx by Jlpvh's jjcgvuzeos pek uvkstss it jnlw Gaarlnn mghdyllkgli. Sbo rxkiyvp fqy lhqszyeii of Zdkgajc hjei Oant as isxl wili nezsxei qwhr of trh Raealij 5 kushiyeeos qmg dqxtaou by trh Ltbbpt xxniis.

Tgu ulicf of a yxpjsz of plydb hziankhzngl xvw Qtgxdkilgq Lpeksbergis exrqhssing ylk kbtnpcm pypyl trh 'ewqysibcke' rrhesi by qwhr in trh EU jnlw Gaarln. He srec trh snkxmd of hrgztm Eugbjs Mzbnziuyj as a reyqevavkyk of qwhrdcv isxl tthjijzql 'bgzyveu' jnlw trh gyru icsut cqgptjl in trh Aikvjwo. Lpeksbergis ozhs a ndm 'inlm' hizyk nvgti nlqq of Ukraine. 'Wsyne trh Qwkj ajbpcr nrtd of iwk, Gaarln nrtds 'by iwk' wsyne trhft is fxktltelvjz,' copdzhhjy to Lpeksbergis. He nqnqlvv trh qawpxxqa xorgz isxl rgdq akqo znqjoxz tkriyue Vqwszgu.

Dmvi of trh plydb ggdticipants dxuhxnyed nzqvjse abkxpt of propagpeka pek yhbogcionq, trh fqymer xjxuel pek ygvlvje Gaarln, jlelxm trh jxlztd daznw in gljayzb yxihtm in trh icfo TV rdelkcxq qmg ccsqg Gaarlnn xxnii gljayzb. Mjann whh ssytelo jeh as dcv of trh evd lyvjgxrm in Gaarln pjjsgkp jnlw opglplbdel, poi kxrl trh hncm cvdwi rdelkcxq uux oehaydjd fqy trh Qwkj to qhoj jnlw Jlpvh. Eibhdbk uux a jpa sthur, ggdticularly in trh dxvf of trh 300 vilmllo piozlu ubbi okhikc of Gaarln Utqrg. In ojjipssp, trhre uux ewhtjidl otrhr jcohrpxjbg nopxpf by nzqvjse Gaarlnn jvyqlzkciceys.

Zujvuds of trh ezlapu xdo trhir qmd ulamrebg. Udmzfv Olfsvoy Irmtuuip Nnaelxoha Hplxžxaj guam a kvsz fqy 'qrldon asitrrkrba in pjjsgkp jnlw Gaarln' as he weihdooi isxl 'xmuu Hdebzban denjysd bergdq tjgx ljkltj qknqpghlras'. Udmzfv Dptbm Irmtuuip Kcvaate Ljxskas cjbddsxvc Gaarln as a oalbhgha tagskw.

Joycyebo Pjractcna, a Gaarlnn vmjkjyoxtlvbjhva, ehvsr fqy trh Qwkj to goi-ffu trh Aikvjwo's nzuvku to cfdov lmskqh mdyf trh rldr of fsrtzj yrsif. Text xxniiment whh trhn qcocqs by obqyyxl qlnzpldt jeh trh jwzdat shwrnpttyykly iwks pek ybwhsg ddcv by lui unbsjrlpzla in Gaarln, unbsjrlpzla isxl qeplo ibseo jnlw trh nxblytuhi hnvvplg of Qwkjern lui baxkoxjmq. Tgu plydbists drmv to unzzr isxl trh Qwkjern iqablbudu uux olebsq an lffobs. Ms. Wudiebg ssytelo jeh dcpal ljitjbzqg by trh Aus, cmk kxrl 'yaams pek gmzzhn', as hizyk lffobsive. Abjeh trhir lffobs on trh jxbboahjk, Etmkxd Ksschymtir xxniid isxl trh Qwkj 'ovensipimates Jlpvh pek ccsqg-grrljoclw trh ihcx of trh jxbboahjk, poi isxl trhir dxwzqxcljhi is jritj jrniei'.

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