Vytautas Landsbergis, Lithuania's first post-Soviet leader and honorary chairman of the conservative Homeland Union, says that the Minks agreement for ceasefire between Kiev's forces and Moscow-supported separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine, which was signed on Thursday, is worse than the Munich agreement of 1938.
The Minsk talks, which ended on Thursday in an agreement on ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, have proven that the "war button is pushed" in Moscow, says a lecturer at Vilnius University's International Relations and Political Science Institute Vytis Jurkonis. He emphasized the importance of putting the agreements into practise, as earlier cases have shown that Russia is less than a trustworthy partner.
After 14 hours of tough talks, the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany have reached an agreement on what to do about situation in eastern Ukraine, where hostilities have already claimed over 5,400 lives. However, the leaders did not hold a customary joint press conference.
The European Union's (EU) foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says that the French and German leaders attending the Minsk talks on peace in Ukraine on Wednesday will speak on the EU's behalf, emphasizing the historic responsibility of the talks.
If Moscow forced Minsk to export its oil products via Russian railways and ports, that would be economically unviable and dangerous for Belarus, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that Vilnius and Warsaw are gradually moving to a new stage of better relations and hopes that Lithuanian politicians will solve the highly contentious issue of the spelling of Polish names in Lithuanian personal documents.
The leaked recordings of conversations between Poland's former foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski and then CEO of oil company Orlen, Jacek Krawiec, about investments in Mažeikiai oil refinery in Lithuania do not reflect the position of the current Polish government, Warsaw said on Wednesday.