Foreign Minister Linkevičius opens Vilnius Forum of Intellectuals
Friday, January 16, 2015
The traditional informal Snow Meeting and the Vilnius Forum of Intellectuals began on 15 January. At the opening of the Forum, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius stressed the importance of dialogue with the Russian society.
The source of current problems in Russia - and, by extension, perturbations in Central and Eastern Europe - is the fact that the Russian society failed to cut all ties with the soviet past back in the 1990s, says Russian historian Andrey Zubov.
Lilia Shevtsova, a Russia expert at the Brookings Institution, says that Vladimir Putin is a far cry from the shrewd and effective leader everyone, friends and foes alike, take him to be. On the contrary, she says, the Russian president is a shallow mediocrity who has not got a clue how to avert his country's imminent collapse.