Foreign Minister Linkevičius on response to Russian aggression: Inaction itself can be provocative

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Lithuania and other countries in the Eastern block are looking for a clear and decisive message of support from the United States as Russian President Vladimir Putin tests NATO's decisiveness and tries to fill the “gaps of influence” created by the West's inability to protect international law and its own interests, said Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius in an interview with The Washington Times on Tuesday.
Linas Linkevičius
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