While the war in Eastern Ukraine continues, no one can come up with an idea of how to restrain Russia, which responds to international norms cynically and does not want to hear the warnings of the global community. The current sanctions that Russia is subjected to have one main goal, which is to stop the conflict in Eastern Ukraine and force Moscow to stop supporting terrorists in that area.
The sanctions of the West against Russia are followed by discussions about what effect they could have on further actions of Russia towards Ukraine. One side stresses that Putin and his closest environment understand only force, therefore the increasing sanctions are the best measure of scaring Russia from further aggression in Ukraine.
Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius says that the crash of the Malaysia Airlines plane over rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine will be a breaking point in how Western states treat the bloody conflict that has been raging in the country for months.
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At Lithuanian parliamentarians' initiative, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has condemned persecution of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons by Chechen authorities and called for an investigation into the matter.
An incident in which a smoke grenade was thrown at the Lithuanian embassy in Kiev could have been a provocation instigated by Russia, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said in Vilnius on Monday.
The Belarusian airspace was last week violated by a light airplane P46T piloted by a Danish citizen that had taken off from the Vilnius airport, chiefs of the Lithuanian state company Oro Navigacija (Air Navigation) and the Civil Aviation Administration.